Saturday, September 19 at 7PM

Critically Acclaimed Author
& National Book Award Winner 

Speaking & Signing


We're pleased to once again welcome bestselling novelist Jonathan Franzen to BookPeople. Tonight, he'll discuss his new novel, Purity, an epic of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. A world of vividly original characters inhabits this dark-hued comedy--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and their paths intertwine through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. 

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Purity from BookPeople.



  • The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Purity from BookPeople.
  • Books & tickets are now available to pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
  • Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.


If you cannot make it to the event, you can order a signed, personalized copy of Purity. Simply add the book to your cart and indicate SIGNED COPY (and the name to which you'd like the book signed) in the comments field during checkout. We ship all over the world!


Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and a translation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, all published by FSG. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the French Ordre des Arts at des Lettres, he lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.


Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.
Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

Can't make it to the event? You can order a signed, personalized copy of this book. We ship worldwide. Simply write "SIGNED COPY" and the name for the personalizations in the Comments field during checkout. 

Event date: 
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703-5413
Purity: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374239213
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

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