National Book Award Finalist Francine Prose Reads From Her Work on March 19

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 3:49 pm.

prose_001The 2013-14 season of the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series continues in March with distinguished author and National Book Award finalist Francine Prose.

Prose is the author of sixteen books of fiction, including Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction books include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of both the PEN/Translation Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center. Currently a distinguished visiting writer at Bard College, she is a contributing editor at Harper’s, Saveur and Bomb, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prose will read from her work Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30pm in The Music Room, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College 150 N. Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pa. All readings are free and open to the public. Readings are followed by book signings and sales. Books from each series guest are also available for purchase through the College book store.

The novelist Larry McMurtry has described Prose as “deft and deep…one of our finest writers.” About My New American Life, Donna Seaman wrote, “Prose is dazzling in her sixteenth book of spiky fiction, a fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story that subtly embodies the cultural complexity and political horrors of the Balkans and Bush-Cheney America.” A new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, is due in 2014.

Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Director Karl Kirchwey notes, “"Francine Prose would be our latter-day Mary McCarthy-- a distinguished author of novels, essays and journalism, with a keen eye and a wide-ranging sensibility-- if she were not, to our relief, a less polemical and more sympathetic writer than McCarthy.”

The Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series continues its 2013/14 season with:

Chang-Rae Lee, Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room

For more information visit the series website. For news and exclusive content, like "Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series" on Facebook.

ABOUT FRANCINE PROSE

Bestselling Novelist and Writer
Author of Reading Like A Writer
National Book Award Finalist

Francine Prose has written over twenty books and numerous articles and reviews for many leading American newspapers and magazines. Her works include fiction, non-fiction, novellas, and children’s’ stories. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of both the PEN/Translation Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center. Prose has taught at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, The University of Arizona, The University of Utah, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. She currently teaches and is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

For more info, visit http://www.blueflowerarts.com/francine-prose

ABOUT THE BRYN MAWR COLLEGE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM READING SERIES

In the almost thirty years since presenting its inaugural readings by Etheridge Knight and Toby Olson in the spring of 1985, the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series has brought major American and international writers in all literary genres to engage with students and the Philadelphia area community. Series guests visit Creative Writing Program workshops and present free public readings from their work.

The series has featured Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, Louise Gluck, Anthony Hecht, Edward P. Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Paula Vogel, Richard Wilbur, August Wilson, and Charles Wright; former Poet Laureates of the United States Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, and Charles Simic; National Book Award winners Frank Bidart, Lucille Clifton, E.L. Doctorow, Terrance Hayes, Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Matthiessen, Alice McDermott, and Jean Valentine; Obie and Tony Award winner John Guare; and other esteemed authors and translators such as Lydia Davis, Umberto Eco, Robert Fagles, Ian McEwan, Rick Moody, and Zadie Smith, among others. Bryn Mawr College Visiting Distinguished Writers Karen Russell (2011-2012) and Robin Black (2012-2013) are among the fiction writers presented as part of the Series. Other special events in the series have included a Tribute to Bryn Mawr alumna Marianne Moore, a program exploring connections between poetry and the visual arts, a recital of Beowulf by renowned performer Benjamin Bagby, a round-table discussion of the state of the short story in America, featuring four 2011 New Yorker "20 Under 40" honorees, and a public reading of John Milton’s verse drama Samson Agonistes by actors and poets including Claire Bloom, John Hollander, John Neville, Rosanna Warren, and others.

The Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Jane Flanders Fund, the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry, and the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69.  Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.

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