March 06, 2017 9:45AM
Francine Prose, one of America’s most esteemed and prolific writers, will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Miller Theater in PSU’s Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The free event is sponsored by the PSU Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, the Student Fee Council and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. A reception will follow.
Prose is the author of 20 books of fiction. Her novel “A Changed Man” won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and “Blue Angel” was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Prose’s most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed “Ann Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife,” and the New York Times bestseller “Reading Like a Writer.”
The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Fulbright and a Guggenheim, Prose is the former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Besides fiction, Prose also writes profiles, travel essays, book reviews, and translations. She is also the author of “Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and Those Who Want to Write Them,” one of the most popular books for writers written in recent history.
Prose has taught writing at a number of places, including Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, the University of Utah, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.