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Novelist Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections,” “Freedom”) is such a draw that his public appearances are more like rock concerts than bookstore readings. For example, his gig promoting his new book, “Purity” (Bond Street Books), requires advance tickets at $33 apiece — the ticket comes with a copy of the book. “Jonathan Franzen WILL NOT be posing for pictures,” warns the website of Skylight Books (” target=”_blank”>skylightbooks.com or

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