Weekend Recs: Jennifer Egan, Afrobeat, Jonathan Franzen


Pulitzer-winning writer Jennifer Egan will be reading and discussing her award-winning novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” tonight. The coming of age novel received critical reception for its innovative delve into growing up and unconventional short story-like structure.

WHAT: The Michener Center for Writers presents Jennifer Egan
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 13 from
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: ACE building, auditorium 2.302

To celebrate the debut of its latest exhibition, “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa,” this month’s B Scene is ’70s funk and soul-inspired. A Ghana-born artist who grew up in Nigeria, El Anatsui’s sculptural and wall arts are heavily influenced and inspired by the West African region he grew up in. There will be performances from Hard Proof (members of Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears) and Black Red Black and gallery tours.

WHAT: B Scene: Afrobeat
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Blanton Museum
ADMISSION: $5 for members, $12 for public

On tour for his latest novel, “Freedom,” award-winning American author Jonathan Franzen will speak about the best seller at Bass Concert Hall on Friday. Praised from its strong portrayal and criticism on modern social structure and norms, Franzen’s sophmore novel “The Corrections” won the National Book Award and was translated into 35 languages.

WHAT: Jonathan Franzen
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall
ADMISSION: Tickets start at $10