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Today at the NYS Summer Writers Institute: Rick Moody and Francine Prose

The third Thursday of NYS Summer Writers Institute features a pair of prize-winning writers familiar to fans of the NYS Writers Institute.

Novelist Rick Moody visited the NYS Writers Institute in 1994 upon the publication of The Ice Storm. The film based on his novel, directed by Ang Lee, was released in 1997 and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

He is a frequent contributor to Salmagundi, the literary quarterly produced by Robert and Peg Boyers at Skidmore College. His most recent piece is titled "On Meritocracy and Faith," was published in the Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 edition. At Salmagundi, you can also read his interview with musician Rickie Lee Jones.

Novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic Francine Prose visited Albany in 2010 to discuss her 2009 book, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife. She recently published an essay in The Guardian, "We Americans are dancing on the Titanic. Our iceberg is not far away."

Francine Prose has been announced as one of the featured writers coming to 5th Annual Albany Book Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the University at Albany.

Tonight's online event begins at 7 p.m. Attend the readings using this link Schedule subject to change. For more information, call the NYS Summer Writers Institute at 518-580-5593.

7 p.m. Thursday, July 14

Rick Moody and Francine Prose

Photo credit: Laurel Nakadate

Rick Moody is author of several novels including The Ice Storm, and Purple America, and Garden State. A film version of The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, was released in 1997 and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

He has also written two acclaimed volumes of short fiction, Demonology and The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven. Newsday describes him as “our anthropologist of desolate landscapes,” John Hawkes as “a writer of meticulous originality.”

He received the Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award. His memoir, The Black Veil was praised in a New York Times review: “Moody’s writing rants and raves and roars.” “He is an unrepressed quester after meaning,” writes Robert Boyers.

Moody’s other novels include The Diviners (2005), The Four Fingers of Death (2010), Hotels Of North America (2016), and his latest collection of short fiction is Right Livelihoods (2007). “One of our best writers,” said a reviewer for the Washington Post.

Francine Prose is the author of many acclaimed works of fiction, including Guided Tours of Hell, Primitive People, and Bigfoot Dreams. Her most recent novel, The Vixen, was named one of the best books of 2021 by NPR, The Washington Post, and Financial Times. Her novel, Blue Angel, was hailed in Publishers Weekly as “a peerlessly accomplished performance…timelessly funny,” and in Mademoiselle as a “funny yet devastating novel that will rock literary and academic worlds alike.”

Prose is a contributing editor of Harper’s and writes for The New Yorker, Gentleman’s Quarterly, and Atlantic Monthly. Recent books include The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & The Artists They Inspired, Caravaggio, and A Changed Man. Other recent titles include the novels Goldengrove and Lovers At The Chameleon Club. Her recent non-fiction books include Reading Like A Writer, and Anne Frank.

She is a visiting professor of literature at Bard College, and was formerly president of PEN American Center.

About the NYS Summer Writers Institute

The NYS Summer Writers Institute was founded and is still produced by author and professor Robert Boyers at Skidmore College, with sponsorship from Northshire Bookstores and in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

Previous visiting writers include Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, Pulitzer Prize winner and NYS Writers Institute Founder William Kennedy, Mary Gordon, Tom Healy, Margo Jefferson, Binnie Kirshenbaum, John McWhorter, James Miller, Caryl Phillips, Katha Pollitt, Francine Prose and Victoria Redel.


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