posted February 23, 2009

Visiting Writers Series to Feature Francine Prose

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature fiction writer Francine Prose, Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Prose has written more than 20 books, including National Book Award finalist "Blue Angel" and the "New York Times" best-seller "Reading Like a Writer." Her numerous stories, reviews and essays have appeared in "The Atlantic Monthly," "Harper's," "Best American Short Stories," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," "Art News," "The New Republic" and many other publications. Prose's newest novel, "Goldengrove," follows 13-year-old Nico through one haunted summer after the drowning death of her sister has plunged her into grief.

Prose is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize. She has taught at major universities throughout the United States for the past 20 years and currently serves as president of PEN American Center.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/vws.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.