Jonathan Franzen Commits Act Of Thanksgiving At Hurricane Relief Event
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK -- Jonathan Franzen gave a reading. With an ordinary author, that would be pretty unremarkable. With the notoriously prickly, Twitter-hating author of the novel Freedom, it was cause for hyperbole.
"He doesn't do these things. He doesn't do readings. Oh my god, this is crazy," exclaimed Daniel Power, the owner of Brooklyn's powerHouse ARENA bookstore, just minutes after Franzen made a rare public appearance there on Saturday.
Power was exaggerating a bit, but he could be forgiven for doing so. Just two weeks before, his bookshop was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, swamping $30,000 worth of merchandise and potentially putting him out of commission just before the holiday busy season. So he put out a call to authors, publicists, publishers and the public for help and created Sandy Hates Books, a hurricane relief fundraiser event at powerHouse.
powerHouse Arena books, just after Sandy.
The list of those who joined in will be recognizable to anyone who follows con
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