By Jonathan Franzen

What if We Stopped Pretending

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.

–The New Yorker

The Essay in Dark Times

Franzen reflects on the role of the writer in times of crisis.

–The Guardian

Recent Press

Giving Voice to Shame and Fear

The Millions Interviews Jonathan Franzen

–The Millions

Literary Colloquium Berlin Open Air interview

Audio recordings and photographs from outdoor reading, conversation and Q&A with translator Wieland Freund in Berlin, June 5 2019. Audio is mixed German and English.


Sierra Club Interview

The author talks birds, climate failure, and how to find meaning in dark times.

–Sierra Club

Island Conservation Interview

Island Conservation talks with Jonathan Franzen about writing, birding, and effective conservation.

–Island Conservation

Lessons in Living

Jonathan Franzen makes a persuasive case for attentiveness.

–The Hindu

Jonathan Franzen's Santa Cruz Escape

He is famously fond of birds. But you could argue that Jonathan Franzen’s spirit animal is of a different phylum altogether.

–Good Times Santa Cruz

The End of the End of the Earth is Jonathan Franzen at his Idiosyncratic Best

There are plenty of opportunities to weep in The End of the End of the Earth, a collection of crystalline thought pieces and nonfiction stories.

–The Christian Science Monitor

Jonathan Franzen has Saved the Essay from Extinction

Franzen’s essays are witty, shrewd and poetic, full of subtly orchestrated digressions, and eminently quotable.

–The Telegraph

Toronto Star Interview

The world may be doomed, but Jonathan Franzen’s new book argues love and empathy are the only way forward.

–Toronto Star

Birdwatching with Jonathan Franzen

‘The two things I love most are novels and birds, and they’re both in trouble,’ says The Corrections author, one of the world’s most famous birdwatchers.

–The Guardian

The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen — Strange Consolation

Franzen proves himself up to the challenge of the essay as a form, as “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative”, and of a subject so vast and important that it affects us all. Ignore the tweets, read the book.

–Financial Times

Jonathan Franzen is Fine with All of It

The internet has turned on him, his book sales are down and the TV adaptation of his last novel has stalled. But he wants you to know one thing: He’s not even angry.

–The New York Times Magazine


Biodiversity Makes Love Possible, Slow Food, March 2021

Jonathan Franzen at The New Yorker Festival with Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert, October 2020

Jonathan Franzen TEDTalk at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA, December 2019

Jonathan Franzen Discussing The Peanuts Papers with Andrew Blauner at The Charles M. Schulz Museum, November 2019

Franzen in Romania, October 2018

Franzen at Georgetown University, March 2018

Franzen on The Louisiana Channel – Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

Franzen on BBC Newsnight, 2015

Franzen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, October 2015

Franzen interviewed By Kerri Miller, Talking Volumes, 2015