Me and Finn Mayer, the actor who plays Ovid

My son Dave came to my play. He read the audio book. Loved the play.

Some of the cast with Dave

Tom, my son who did all the drawing in the play, and I at the opening of the play

James filmed the play for his documentary about the making of the play.

Me and my husband Doug at the Oscars (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

Me and my mom, Grandma Mitz, at the Oscars

me, tom, james, grandma mitz on kodak stage

on the Kodak stage after the show

Doug and I at "Unfinished" premiere (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

My son Dave and I at the Governor's Ball after the Oscars, in the Kodak Theater

My son Tom and Julia, Oscar night

James and I at the premiere of "Unfinished" a film by James and Gus Van Sant

At Oscar mominees interview in L.A.

My Oscar dress

My play of Metamorphosis, Junior Year

March 4, 2011

My play is opening tonight. The director and the actors have created such an awesome rendering of my novel. I'm so grateful. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Mar. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. 650-463-4930 See you there.


  1. March 12, 2011 8:28 PM EST
    Betsy, tell James that he must to see Glauber Rocha's movies, he gonna love it.
    It's everything about Jamie's photos and his short films. I'm pretty sure about that! And congrats about your play. I loved the book, I hope someone translate to brazilian kids!
    - Nanda
  2. March 12, 2011 8:50 PM EST
    Congratulations on the play and continued success.
    - Nia Fuller
  3. March 15, 2011 2:24 PM EDT
    fantastic realy nice.i liked your plan.its a nice blog.
  4. March 31, 2011 9:19 AM EDT
    How inspiring, I hope to write a play one day but for now I'm pulling my book of poetry together. I invite you to follow me on
    I look forward to reading some of your work
    - Karin D'Aunoy
  5. April 1, 2011 7:43 PM EDT
    I found your site in search of light and by chance, As I'm an aspiring writer, poet, and artists. Can I just say by looking at your work I felt sort of at home. The covers to your books seemed like footsteps. My mother died 8 years ago and I would love for you to read
    I have so much to learn about my talents as I'm taking Creative Writing at our College in Lafayette, LA.

    Anyway thank you for being a Becon of Hope I appreciate you Ms. Franco
    - Karina D'Aunoy
  6. May 2, 2011 1:23 PM EDT
    All of us on the Greenlight Film Festival, held in Palo Alto, would like to ask your help with next year's festival. It's for film director, actor or producer "wannabe's".
    - MareeD.
  7. June 8, 2011 1:44 AM EDT
    Happy (late) congratulations!!!!! I was there! It was awesome!

    I know this isn't the right place to tell you this, but I just wanted to say that there was been some speculations of a Facebook account named James Franco. All the students at Paly are getting really excited to be Facebook friends with him. I know I don't have much purpose and enforcement because I am just one soon to be graduated senior at Paly, but I feel that the account is a complete fake - pictures from the internet are there - and I wanted you, his mom, to verify with James Franco that it IS actually him. If not, some legal action would be nice. Once again, I might not have a huge purpose on this problem, but something small like this bothers me and has a great deal on me.

    I hope all is well. I'm looking forward towards your next books!

    - Laur M
  8. November 24, 2012 10:51 AM EST
    It's great that people are able to take the loan and that opens up completely new chances.
    - JuliaSOSA
  9. March 13, 2016 12:09 PM EDT
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  10. August 9, 2016 3:22 AM EDT
    you have a great son, a good family. he for you a real support in life. your eyes shine with happiness. success and health of your family will help you next time with writing smth.
  11. October 20, 2016 3:45 PM EDT
    it really was a gorgeous theater performance on your novel! children in school as a natural-born actors. more about it
  12. November 22, 2016 7:29 AM EST
    That was interesting, I have no
    experience like that, so I am even jealous a little. Thanks, that was interesting.
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  13. November 22, 2016 7:30 AM EST
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  14. December 13, 2016 12:54 AM EST
    This is a very interesting article. I read it with great interest and pleasure. I really liked your photos, which you have shown us. are very beautiful and bright.

Selected Books

1.YA novel
Illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal