Skylight Books and FSG present Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Mona Simpson

October 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join us for the West Coast virtual launch of Jonathan Franzen’s novel CROSSROADS. This event is presented in partnership with FSG and other stores!

In Crossroads, bad decisions and bad faith weigh down the characters—and propel the novel to startling heights.

Kathryn Schulz in The New Yorker

Purchase tickets here. 

Ticket price includes a copy of Crossroads and access to the virtual event. A limited number of signed copies are available, while supplies last. *Signed books will ship/be ready for pickup after the event.

Crossroads (FSG)

Jonathan Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads.

It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless—unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who’s been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

Jonathan Franzen’s novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own.

A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, and five works of nonfiction, most recently Farther Away and The End of the End of the Earth, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Mona Simpson is the author of six novels. Her next novel, called Help and its Sequel, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2022.

$30 A copy of CROSSROADS and admission to online event with Jonathan Franzen

Hen House at Home: The Lasting Impact of Short Stories

Jim Peterson, author of THE SADNESS OF WHIRLWINDS, and Beth Gilstrap, author of Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Award Winner DEADHEADING AND OTHER STORIES, join us for this installment of the Red Hen Press Hen House at Home series! This week, we’re focusing on short stories: the craft of writing them, the decisions and choices the authors make, and how their universal goal of leaving a lasting effect on the reader is reached through two differing collections that are unified in that quest to connect. We welcome guest moderator Fred Arroyo, who will help facilitate this conversation!
Viewable LIVE on Thursday, October 7 at 4:00pm PT at www.redhen.org/virtual, www.youtube.com/redhenpress, and www.facebook.com/redhenpress.

Hen House at Home: What Trauma Leaves Behind

Red Hen’s next installment of our Hen House at Home series features two incredible fiction writers: Lily Hoang, author of UNDERNEATH, and Jaye Viner, author of JANE OF BATTERY PARK. Both of these fictional novels have a basis in today’s reality: UNDERNEATH inspired by real life events, and JANE OF BATTERY PARK drawing inspiration from the very extremes of extremist organizations. This event will explore and highlight the trauma their characters suffer, and the choices they make because of what trauma leaves behind.

Made in L.A. & Skylight Books present Art of Transformation, in collaboration with BookSwell

Fri, November 13, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Discover Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation with Skylight Books and contributors of stories with a strong Los Angeles setting

About this Event

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

We launched our second anthology at Skylight Books to a crowd of devoted readers. This year, we’re coming back online to showcase a set of stories that investigate the art of transformation, something every person and every place in LA undergoes more often than not.

We’ll hear from contributing authors about how LA locales inspired their stories and what it’s like to write fiction that illuminates our beautiful, flawed, transforming home.

An online event hosted by BookSwell in collaboration with Skylight Books.