Author Francine Prose will speak at both Texas State and Katherine Ann Porter House.
by Hap Mansfield
Author Francine Prose is slated for two appearances presented by the Katherine Anne Porter House (KAP). She will be at the Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State on Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. and at Katherine Anne Porter House, 508 West Center Street in Kyle, on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Prose is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and writes regularly on art for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of twelve novels, four children’s books, two story collections and several works of nonfiction.
Her novel, The Blue Angel, was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. In the New York Times best seller, Reading Like a Writer, she points out that many good writers have learned to write from reading classics of literature.
Her work is wide ranging and reveal her interests in art, history and the human heart, most particularly the adolescent heart. For example, her controversial novel, Touch, deals with the budding of sexual needs and confusion of teenagers.
She has also written a biography of the artist Caravagio which was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “racy, intensely imagined, and highly readable.” In Ann Frank, the Book, the Life, the Afterlife, her fresh information and thoughts about Frank’s diary are a revelation. Her most recent book is Goldengrove and deals with a teenage girl coming of age and dealing with grief the summer after her sister dies.
A film of her novel, Household Saints, starring Tracy Ullman and Vincent D’Onofrio, was released in 1993 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit award. Her novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name. She is president of the PEN (poets, playwrights, essayists, editors and novelists) American Center, the literary and human rights organization.
Prose’s speaking engagements are cosponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State University Department of English.