American novelist Jonathan Franzen will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Tuesday, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby and give a reading from his new novel Purity. Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and is the author of four previous novels: The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) and Freedom (2010). A collection of essays, How to Be Alone, was published in 2002, and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006. As a translator, he has translated Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening (2007) and, most recently, a translation and consideration of Karl Kraus’s essays. His honours include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for the New Yorker, and lives in New York City.