Jonathan Franzen was born 17 August 1959 is an American author and essayist. His third novel, such as dishes, a sprawling, satirical family drama that drew widespread criticism, Franzen received a National Book Award, and was a finalist in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last novel, Freedom, was released in August 2010.
Franzen's Corrections, a novel of social criticism, received considerable critical acclaim in the U.S., won both the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction, and in 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.
Franzen published an excerpt from Freedom, the novel in progress, in The New Yorker. Franzen made an appearance with David Bezmozgis the New Yorker Festival in Cedar Lake Theater, read portions of his forthcoming novel.