April 16, 2011
Francine Prose is way more prolific than you or I. She has written fourteen novels, three short story collections, one children’s book, and four books of non-fiction. Additionally, she teaches, writes book reviews for the New York Times, is a a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard College, has won a Guggenheim award, has been nominated for a National Book Award, and has been president of the PEN American Center. Her subject matter ranges from her fascination with Anne Frank, to the sordidness of faculty affairs at colleges, to Caravaggio, to 911, to death, life, and love. Her work is often funny, sometimes irreverent, occasionally serious, and always smart and beautifully crafted. I sat down with Francine at Japonica in New York City to chat with her about writing, publishing, her new novel, marriage, and the semester she was my teacher in graduate school.