Meet author Betsy Franco and artist Tom Franco!
Betsy will talk about her first adult novel, Naked, and her collaboration with her son Tom, who did the illustrations for the book.
When Jesse Lucas, a troubled, magnetic acting major, touches the sculpture Meditation in Stanford’s Rodin Sculpture Garden, he burns his finger on the bronze. By the time he returns to the garden that night, an eighteen-year old girl has emerged from the statue, naked and disoriented. It is 2008, yet her mind is swimming with vivid, fractured memories of her volatile past in 19th century Paris—of serving as Rodin’s muse, of her passionate affair with the acclaimed artist, and of her own creations.
"...a magical tale of angst-ridden teenagers confronting adulthood in a plot that's a seamless blend of fiction, biography, and contemporary culture is bound to cross over into the young adult and new adult realms." -Publisher's Weekly
Betsy Franco has written over eighty books for children and young adults—picture books, poetry collections, and nonfiction. She has also written young adult novels and anthologies of teenage writing from across the country and around the world. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the New York Public Library Notable Book award, the ALA Best Book award for Young Adults, and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Book of the Year award. Betsy is also a screenwriter and playwright, and has acted in indie films and on TV, most notably as her son James Franco's mother on General Hospital. She lives in Palo Alto, California. (photo by Jim Warren)
Tom Franco is a director, sculptor, painter, and the CEO of the Firehouse Art Collaborative in Berkeley, CA. He contributed the book’s cover art and interior drawings. (photo by Tommy Lau)
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.
Click here for a printable flyer (PDF).
Please RSVP to Adult Reference at 1-408-615-2900. Seating is limited.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.