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Michael Frank – Italian Journeys of American Writers Series

In this new series we will enjoy several conversations with American writers who will share their experiences of an Italian journey, be it real, imaginary, or metaphorical, but one that is personal and shows their bond with our country.

The first encounter is with Michael Frank, whose talk is intriguingly titled “Making friends with Michele, my Italian Doppelgänger”.

Michael Frank is the author of The Mighty Franks, a psychologically acute memoir about an unusual Hollywood family, in which he “brings Proustian acuity and razor-sharp prose to family dramas as primal, and eccentrically insular, as they come” (The Atlantic).

His second novel, Fertility, will be published next October.

Michael Frank’s essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, The Yale Review, Salmagundi, The TLS, and Tablet, among other publications. His fiction has been presented at Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, and his travel writing has been collected in Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times. He served as a Contributing Writer to the Los Angeles Times Book Review for nearly ten years. He lives with his family in New York City and Liguria, Italy.


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  • Organized by: ICI