First-Time Novelist to Present Reading about Twenty-Somethings

Posted: October 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Graduate Creative Writing Program will host novelist Francesca Delbanco tonight at 8 p.m. in George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus. Delbanco will read from her debut novel, Ask Me Anything, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Ask Me Anything tells the story of 26-year-old teen magazine advice columnist Rosalie Preston, whose true passion is for the stage and for her fledgling theater troupe. When Rosalie comes to the notice of suave Berglan Starker, a theater underwriter—and also the father of her best friend—she finds herself caught up in a very different affair from those she so jauntily untangles in her column for teens. Struggling to be savvy but sage, she is swept along by curiosity, a taste for adventure, and a penchant for those alluring complimentary toiletries in New York’s ritziest hotels.

Delbanco grew up in Bennington, Vt., and graduated from Harvard University. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where she later taught. She has worked for Seventeen magazine and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a freelance writer for a variety of magazines.

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