Virtual Event: Fredrik Backman

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In conversation with Angela Haupt

A recording of the event will be available through October 16.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and a “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) comes a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Viewing an apartment doesn’t normally turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be.  

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times. 

Backman’s books, including Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, and Beartownhave been published in more than 40 countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden. 

“Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers.” Library Journal (starred review) 


Virtual ticket: $10

Virtual ticket + signed copy of Anxious People: $42