Author Jonathan Franzen's Glasses Stolen, Ransom DemandedTwo enterprising, possibly book-loving bandits stole American author Jonathan Franzen's glasses at an event in England on Monday night, demanding $100,000 ransom.

According to TheBookseller.com, two men gatecrashed a launch party for Franzen's ultra-buzzy novel 'Freedom,' claiming to work for Puffin Books. They subsequently approached the 51-year-old author, grabbed his glasses off his face, and handed him a note before fleeing into London's Kensington Gardens.

The brief note read, "$100,000 -- Your glasses are yours again!" A Hotmail address was left.