Joan Frank - Late Work & Juniper Street (Corte Madera Store)

Joan Frank

Late Work &
Juniper Street

Corte Madera Store

Thurs., October 27, 2022 • 6:00pm PT

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"Late Work gets to the heart of how a mature writer makes work that matters. At once wry, generous, and brutally honest, it is an essential guide for serious writers and readers of all ages." — Yang Huang, author of My Good Son: A Novel
"The work of the writer, late and soon, is life itself . . . it's that simple, that difficult. Through analogy and example, Joan Frank's essays take us with her into a dimming world: to look, to feel, to cherish and forgive. This is a rich, real collection." — Carol Sklenicka, author of Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer
"Questioning her assumptions (and ours as well), this vastly well-read author takes us through the slings and arrows of the literary life, arriving at a place of wisdom and sanity." — Phillip Lopate, author of To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
“A tale of parental secrecy and disrupted friendship, Juniper Street takes readers on a poignant journey through time, emotion and revelation—as unforgettable as it is devastating. Frank has long distinguished herself as masterful stylist with a distinctive gift for the short novel; the lyrical resonance of Juniper Street reaffirms her place alongside Penelope Lively and Jane Smiley in the pantheon. Part gem, part amulet, all magic.” –Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House

Late Work -

Curious, ruminative, and wry, this literary autobiography tours what Rachel Kushner called the strange remove that is the life of the writer. Frank's essays cover a vast spectrum — from handling dismissive advice, facing the dilemma of thwarted ambition, and copying the generosity that inspires us, to the miraculous catharsis of letter-writing and some of the books that pull us through. Useful for writers at any stage of development, Late Work offers a seasoned artist's thinking through the exploration of issues, paradoxes, and crises of faith. Like a lively conversation with a close, outspoken friend, each piece tells its experience from the trenches.

Juniper Street -

Winner of the C&R Press 2021 Fiction Award

Reflecting on the charged, difficult passage from childhood and the arbitrary nature of personality, Juniper Street explores, in an interspersed series of snapshots, its narrator’s memory of her strange, formative adventures with her then-best friend, a spirited young artist who lives down the street. In autumnal tones, Juniper Street considers the movement of time, the selves we shed over years, and—like remembered music—a mysterious, burnished quality of inevitability about the past.


Joan Frank is the author of twelve books of literary fiction and nonfiction. Where You're All Going: Four Novellas won the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction and the gold medal Independent Publishers Book Award. Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. A MacDowell and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Joan's work has received many honors and awards, including the Juniper Prize for the Novel and two ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Joan also reviews literary fiction and nonfiction for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Santa Rosa.


Joan Frank photo courtesy of the author



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Late Work: A Literary Autobiography of Love, Loss, and What I Was Reading By Joan Frank Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826364203
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - October 15th, 2022

Juniper Street By Joan Frank Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949540345
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Published: C&r Press - October 15th, 2022