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In conjunction with the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning,

and the College of Arts & Sciences, presents:

Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Michael Krasny

Thursday, April 28 at 5 PM in Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall

Joyce Carol Oates will be joined by local legend Michael Krasny to talk about her latest book, A Widow's Story: A Memoir.

Following the event will be a book-signing. A number of JCO books will be available for purchase, courtesy of the USF Bookstore.

Complimentary parking available in the Koret Recreation Center parking lot at Turk St and Parker Ave.

Joyce Carol Oates is a towering figure in American literature—author of more than 100 books including the national bestsellers Blonde, Black Water, and The Gravedigger's Daughter. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including lifetime achievement awards from the National Book Critics Circle and the Horror Writers Association, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Short Story. She is a winner (as well as a six-time finalist) of the National Book Award and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Assessing Joyce Carol Oates's work can be daunting because of her legendary productivity (in a myriad of forms—novels, short stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction) and by her crossing literary genres as if they had no borders. Those who have read her work widely have been able to step back to properly view the complex, interconnected fictional world JCO has created over the last fifty years. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. noted that "a future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America." And John Updike, who was himself a prolific writer, said "if the phrase 'Woman of Letters' existed, she would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it."

Please join us for a conversation with one of the great writers of our time.


Joyce Carol Oates has taught at the University of Detroit, the University of Windsor, and is currently the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She is spending time this Spring in Berkeley, with her neuroscientist husband, Charlie Gross; and she has recently "done time" at San Quentin!

Michael Krasny is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED's most popular shows and the nation's most listened-to locally produced public radio talk show.

Since 1970, he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest, and Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life. He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer, and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage.

Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike, and countless others. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including The S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, The Inclusiveness in Media Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice, and a Koret Foundation Fellowship. He has also been named best talk show host by Focus magazine, a number of Bay Area newspapers, The San Francisco Publicity Club, and Citysearch.