Friday, August 27, 2010


With exactly one week to go, it's time to start really talking about the Festival.

The keynote address will be delivered on Friday night by Jonathan Franzen whose last novel, The Corrections, won the National Book Award in 2001.  His newest work, Freedom, is being published next Tuesday, August 31st.

Freedom has garnered as much attention as any novel in recent memory.  From a Time magazine cover story to a rave review in the New York Times  ("a masterpiece of American fiction"), Franzen's book is generating considerable excitement in the literary world.  Even a negative review in the Washington Post was far from dismissive; they call it a "brilliant, maddening novel".  The Wall Street Journal ("we were routinely blown away by Franzen’s ability to create fully-realized, three-dimensional characters and, more so, to inhabit their minds with such penetrating psychological acuity") encapsulates reviews from a handful of other sources.

Franzen will appear on September 1st at a bookstore near San Francisco Bay area home.  Then he heads to the Decatur Book Festival before hitting some backwater towns like New York City and Boston.

Congratulations to the Decatur Book Festival for landing such a significant keynote speaker.

Friday, September 3rd - high 90 degrees; low 69 degrees; 0% chance of rain
Saturday, September 4th - high 88 degrees; low 70 degrees; 60% chance of rain
Sunday, September 5th - high 87 degrees; low 68 degrees; 10% chance of rain

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