This Just In: An Award for Francine Prose

I’ve only just written about Francine Prose’s latest novel, My New American Life (Harper: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061713767. $25.99) and only just received the galley‚ it’s darkly hilarious and quite engrossing‚ and nowProse Francine hires2 This Just In: An Award for Francine Prose there’s word that Prose has won the Washington University International Humanities Medal. Awarded biennially, this hefty prize (it’s worth $25,000) acknowledges the lifetime contribution of a scholar, writer, or artist. I wish I could hear the address she will give when accepting the award on November 30 at Washington University in St. Louis; it’s titled Ten Things Art Can Do. As she’s shown, art can do a lot. A refreshing change from speakers that drone on about themselves.

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Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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