Francine Prose

Language and Character
Fall 2012

Wednesday, October 10
7:00 PM
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Building
Free and open to the public

Acclaimed author Francine Prose is this year's Leading Woman in the Arts guest speaker who will discuss the unique ways in which writers use language to create characters in literature.

Prose is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and most recently the author of My New American Life (2012) and Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife (2009). The recipient of many awards, Prose has published more than 20 books, including the novel Blue Angel (2000), a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses and a National Book Award nominee. Other fiction includes the novels A Changed Man (2005), Hunters and Gatherers (1995), Primitive People (1992), and Bigfoot Dreams (1986), as well as the story collection Guided Tours of Hell (1997). Along with Anne Frank and Caravaggio (2005), Prose’s nonfiction includes The New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer (2006), Sicilian Odyssey (2003), and Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins (2003). Her stories and essays have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, and The New York Times among many others. She is a contributing editor at Harper’s, a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

In 2010, Prose was awarded the Washington University International Humanities Medal. The $25,000 prize is among the largest literary awards in the United States. She received the award at Washington University in St. Louis, where she gave the address “Ten Things Art Can Do.” Awarded biennially, the medal honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer, or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or the arts. Generously supported by David and Phyllis Wilson Grossman, the award’s past winners are Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk in 2006 and journalist Michael Pollan in 2008.

Student Leadership Seminar Luncheon
Authentic Authors: Leadership and Creativity
Thursday, October 11
12:15 PM

Students are invited to a luncheon with Francine Prose to discuss writing and the role of leadership in successful creative endeavors. Pre-registration is required.