with the scc

join our
e-mail list
(617) 795-1914

Book Talk: Sally Franson

Join us for a book talk with author Sally Franson for her book Big in Sweden, a coming of age novel.

About the Book:

Paulie Johansson, content with her boyfriend Declan and best friend Jemma, dismisses the idea of family until a drunken audition video lands her on a Swedish TV show, Sverige och Mig. Despite Declan’s advice, she goes to Sweden for a chance to connect with her roots. Armed with her Polaroid camera, a beat-up copy of Pippi Longstocking, and an unquenchable sense of possibility, Paulie hops on a plane to Sweden and launches into the contest with seven other Americans, Amid bizarre challenges Paulie reconsiders her views on family and friendships, while also grappling with her growing attachment to Sweden and feelings for a charming Swedish cameraman. Big in Sweden is a heartwarming fish-out-of-water tale about love—for family, friends, country, and self-discovery.

Sally will have books on hand for purchase. If you would like to purchase a book in advance, click here.


About the Author:

Sally Franson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Best American Travel Writing, and on NPR, among other places.

Her first novel, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out was published in 2018. In 2022, Sally was a special winner of Allt för Sverige, a Swedish reality TV show about finding your roots. By topping the other contestants through a series of challenges, Sally earned a reunion with newly discovered (and distant) relatives, which she called “one of the best days of my life, that happened to be filmed and shared with 1.4 million people.”

Saturday, October 5th at 1pm | Free with registration