Virtual Event: Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Maria Semple

Join Auntie's and other independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the release of Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Crossroads. He will be joined by Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go Bernadette.


Purchase of the new title will act as ticket for entry. Visit our eventbrite page to place your order. Autographed copies will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link from Powell's Books 48 hours in advance of the event.  Auntie's offers domestic shipping in addition to in-store and curbside pickup. 


Please feel free to contact us with questions by calling 509-838-0206 or by emailing


About 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.


About Jonathan Franzen:

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.


About Maria Semple:

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages, and Today Will Be Different. She lives in Seattle.


Event date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
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