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Novelist Jonathan Franzen lectures; TNY Presents continues under new management; activist Vince Eirene releases a book.

Franzen's latest novel, Freedom, was nine years in the making.

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Jonathan Franzen will speak at the Oct. 17 Monday Night Lectures
  • Jonathan Franzen will speak at the Oct. 17 Monday Night Lectures

In his 2001 book The Corrections, National Book Award recipient Jonathan Franzen demonstrated a writing style that garnered attention for its incisive exploration of American social traditions. Known for taking excruciating pauses between published works -- his latest novel, Freedom, was nine years in the making -- Franzen's obsessive technique lends unique perspective to the state of literary novels in an age of instant gratification and overstimulation. Monday Night Lecture Series welcomes Franzen to the Carnegie Music Hall on Oct. 17. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 17. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $10-25. 412-622-8866 or www.pittsburghlectures.org

-- Amy Kuhre

 

The New Yinzer Presents is under new management, and the Oct. 20 show likewise introduces some talent new to the series. Organizers Holly Coleman, Taylor Grieshober and Celine Roberts offer an eclectic evening of readings as part of this long-running spinoff of the online magazine The New Yinzer. Writer, welfare-office worker and nationally noted zine-maker Ocean Capewell is a native of Queens who now lives in Troy Hill and blogs as "agingriotgrrrl." Khet Mar, a native of Burma, is a journalist, poet and fiction-writer and current resident of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, a program for writers persecuted in their home countries. Leslie Anne Mcilroy is an award-winning Pittsburgh-based poet whose collections include the 2008 collection Liquid Like This. And Terrence Michael Carroll is working on two books -- though he's better known as Tee Glitter, the long-time lead singer for local rock bands, including Dirty Faces and Raw Blow. 8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 20. ModernFormations Gallery, 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. $5 (free with potluck contribution). tnypresens.blogspot.com

-- Bill O'Driscoll

 

In 2009, North Sider Vince Eirene released The Day the Empire Fell, an episodic memoir of his four decades of peace and social-justice activism. Now the book's been expanded. Eirene's earlier travels, his protests at places like Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, and his dozens of arrests have been augmented with material about his 2004 visit to Iraq and involvement with protesting mountaintop-removal coal mining in West Virginia. The new edition, published by Six Gallery Press, gets its official release Oct. 15 at Lili Coffee Shop. The event includes readings by Eirene, writers Robert Isenberg and Nathan Kukulski and poet Renee Alberts, music by Emay, and food. 6-8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15. 3138 Dobson St., Polish Hill. Free. 412-682-3600

-- Bill O'Driscoll

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