Francine Prose, author of Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, Reading Like a Writer and a host of wonderful novels will be visiting Phoenix later this week, and we'd love for you to come to any of the Piper Center for Creative Writing events, which are free and open to the public. Prose's Public Craft Q&A will take place at the Piper Writers House on Arizona State University's Tempe campus on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Feel free to come and ask any questions you may have about her work or the craft of writing.

Prose's reading and booksigning will take place at the Phoenix Art Museum in Whiteman Hall on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 7:00PM. Admission to the museum is free on Wednesdays so you can enjoy art before or after you enjoy the reading.

Prose's new book looks to see who the person is behind the diary and how one girl's account of a horrible tragedy is seen as a universal icon, read all over the world. The Wall Street Journal spoke with Prose about her own motivations for writing a book about one of the world's most widely read books. The article also includes a link to a book excerpt. The Los Angeles Times reviewed Prose's book saying, "With 'Anne Frank,' then, Prose means to remove Frank from the wistful amber of her posthumous celebrity and reveal her to us in a more realistic light." Read the full review here.