Pulitzer Prize winning author Lucinda Franks will be discussing her book My Father’s Secret War at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Wednesday, March 14. Franks’ talk will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall on the CBU campus.
Franks, a former staff writer for The New York Times, has written regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and other publications. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and has won many other awards. The Pulitzer was for writing a five-part series on the anti-Vietnam terrorist group,The Weatherman, which blew up three of their members in a New York townhouse that they had turned into a bomb factory. She began her career in London with United Press International, where she was at first assigned beauty contests and donkey shows, a gig she soon grew tired of and abruptly ended by taking her vacation in the uneasy British province of Northern Ireland; she was present as sectarian violence broke out and UPI let her stay, suspending their rule that women could not report from war zones.
She is the author of the recently published memoir, My Father’s Secret War, now in paperback, about her discovery that her failed father was actually a daring spy during WWII . She is also the author of Waiting Out A War, about the life of a Vietnam army deserter, and Wild Apples, a novel about two sisters who return home to come to terms with their mother’s death and, along with three generations of the family, try to save their historic apple orchard . She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
For more information on Lucinda Franks, visit www.lucindafranks.com.