Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 31, 1994

Chaim Potok, Francine Prose among Writers Scheduled for Fall

Writers on faculty at the Writing Seminars and special visitors
to the program will present readings of their work open to the
university community and public through Dec. 6 on the Homewood
campus. Of special note are readings by this fall's visiting
professors: Chaim Potok and Francine Prose.
    Potok, who is scheduled to read at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.
17, in Mudd Hall, is known for his many works relating to Jewish
life. The Chosen, The Promise and My Name is Asher Lev are some
of his works; his nonfiction includes Wanderings: Chaim Potok's
History of the Jews.
    Francine Prose, who has written eight novels and two volumes
of short stories, is especially well-known for her novel of
domestic Italian-American life, Household Saints, which was made
into a film. Her most recent novel is a satiric comedy of manners
titled Primitive People. Prose will read at 8 p.m. on Tuesday,
Nov. 29, in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library.  
    Other readings by Writing Seminars faculty all take place at
8 p.m. at various locations on the Homewood campus. On schedule
    Nov. 1, Jean McGarry, Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library. The
Writing Seminars associate professor is the author of a novel,
The Courage of Girls, and three collections of stories: Airs of
Providence, The Very Rich Hours and Home at Last, which was
published last spring.
    Nov. 8, Allen Grossman, Mudd Hall Auditorium. The English
professor is author of four collections of poetry: The Woman on
the Bridge over the Chicago River, Of the Great House, The Bright
Nails Scattered on the Ground and The Ether Dome. He has received
both Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships.
    Dec. 6, Madison Smartt Bell, Garrett Room, Eisenhower
Library. Bell is a visiting associate professor of fiction in the
Writing Seminars, and the author of two collections of short
stories and seven novels, including Waiting for the End of the
World, Straight Cut and Save Me, Joe Louis.

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