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May 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Avalon: A Virtual Evening with Nell Zink & Jonathan Franzen


May 25, 2022
6:00 pm



Books & Books, Miami Book Fair, Knopf, Harvard Book Store and Politics and Prose present…

A Virtual Evening with Nell Zink

In Conversation with Jonathan Franzen


Avalon: A Novel

(Knopf, $27)

Wednesday, May 25, 6 PM


Books & Books is excited to partner with Miami Book Fair, Knopf, Harvard Book Store and Politics and Prose to present Nell Zink and bestselling author, Jonathan Franzen!

This event is FREE and open to the public but can be bundled with a book ticket that includes (1) one copy of Avalon (Knopf, $27 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

Once you choose you ticket option, we will send you a Zoom registration link (24 hours BEFORE the event) that will give you access to the event via private link. See below for detailed information on tickets.

About the Book:

A profound and singular story about a young woman searching for her place in the world, from one of America’s most original voices—the irresistible story of one teenager’s reckoning with society at large and her search for a personal utopia.

Bran’s Southern California upbringing is anything but traditional. After her mother joins a Buddhist colony, Bran is raised by her “common-law stepfather” on Bourdon Farms—a plant nursery that doubles as a cover for a biker gang. She spends her days tending plants, slogging through high school, and imagining what life could be if she had been born to a different family.

And then she meets Peter, a beautiful, troubled, and charming train wreck of a college student from the East Coast, who launches his teaching career by initiating her into the world of literature and aesthetics. As the two begin a volatile and ostensibly doomed long-distance relationship, Bran searches for meaning in her own surroundings—attending disastrous dance recitals, house-sitting for strangers, and writing scripts for student films. She knows how to survive, but her happiness depends on learning to call the shots.

Exceedingly rich, ecstatically dark, and delivered with masterful humor, Avalon is a poignant portrait of a young woman who, against all odds, is determined to find her place in the world and find clarity in its remote corners.


About the Author:

NELL ZINK left Southern California for eastern Virginia in 1972, aged eight. After completing a B.A. in philosophy at the College of William and Mary, she worked mostly as a secretary, with stints in masonry, technical writing, and translating. In 2000, she moved to Tübingen, Germany, and now lives near Berlin. Her books include The Wallcreeper, Mislaid, Private Novelist, Nicotine, and Doxology, and her writing has appeared in n+1, Granta, and Harper’s Magazine.

About the Moderator:

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including “Crossroads,” “Purity,” and “Freedom,” and five works of nonfiction, most recently “The End of the End of the Earth” and “The Kraus Project.” He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • GENERAL ADMISSION (FREE, NO BOOK): This ticket option allows free access to the virtual event and does NOT include a book.
  • U.S. ADMISSION WITH BOOK (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of the book Avalon: A Novel (Knopf, $27 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.