Joan Frank / All the News I Need with Peg Alford Pursell

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Booksmith is excited to host the San Francisco launch party for Joan Frank's fourth novel and winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, All The News I Need. Joan will be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell. Join us!


Frances Ferguson is a lonely, sharp-tongued widow who lives in the wine country. Oliver Gaffney is a painfully shy gay man who guards a secret and lives out equally lonely days in San Francisco. Friends by default, Fran and Ollie nurse the deep anomie of loss and the creeping, animal betrayal of aging. Each loves routine but is anxious that life might be passing by. To crack open this stalemate, Fran insists the two travel together to Paris. The aftermath of their funny, bittersweet journey suggests those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves—somewhere toward the end.





“I was in thrall to these sentences, their music, their compassion and truth and disarming humility.” — Sam Michel, Juniper Prize for Fiction judge and author of Strange Cowboy

“Joan Frank is a human insight machine.” — Carolyn Cooke, author of Amor and Psycho: Stories

“Joan Frank is a writer of sublime power who reveals the lives of her characters with such care, insight, and elegance, that deeply buried feelings of victory and loss become inextricably bound up with our own.” — Simon Van Booy, author of Father’s Day





Joan Frank is the author of five prior books of fiction and of Because You Have To: A Writing Life, a book of collected essays. All the News I Need is her fourth novel. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, recipient of many grants and awards, Joan is also a frequent book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in the North Bay.


Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (ELJ Editions). Her work has been published in the Journal of Compressed ArtsRHINOForklift Ohio, VOLT, among others, and shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award. She directs Why There Are Words, a national neighborhood of reading series she founded in Sausalito in 2010, and is the director and founder of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books. She lives in Northern California.


RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of All The News I Need, please order below and put your request in the comments field. 




All the News I Need (Juniper Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625342621
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Massachusetts Press - January 17th, 2017