Best-Selling Author To Speak at Mary Baldwin

January 5, 2006

Francine Prose, author of 14 books of fiction includingHousehold SaintsandA Changed Man, will present a public reading as part of Mary Baldwin University’s Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar Series. The event begins at 4 p.m. January 15 in Francis Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Prose, a Brooklyn native and graduate of Radcliffe College, left Harvard graduate school to live in India for a year where she began to write her first novel,Judah the Pious.

In addition to novels, Prose has penned stories, reviews, cultural criticisms, and essays appearing in such publications asThe New Yorker,The New York Times,Atlantic Monthly,Art News,Elle,The Paris Review,Harpers Magazine, andThe Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of several children’s books and three books of translation.

Prose is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and has taught at Harvard, the University of Arizona, and the University of Utah, among others. Her novelBlue Angelwas a finalist for the National Book Award and her nonfiction workThe Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspiredwas a national bestseller.

Prose will return to teach an English class, ‘Reading Like a Writer’, for Mary Baldwin’s May Term.