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French Dive

Living More with Less in the
South of France

Eric Freeze grew up in southern Alberta, Canada in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies. He studied creative writing and African-American literature in the US, getting a PhD at Ohio University and eventually teaching at Wabash College in Indiana where he is a tenured professor. He writes both fiction and creative nonfiction, and teaches in other genres such as screenwriting and writing for video games.

French Dive: Living More with Less in the South of France is Freeze’s second book of creative nonfiction. His first is a collection of essays titled Hemingway on a Bike (2014), another book that also celebrates his experiences living and working in France. He has published two short story collections: Dominant Traits (2012), and Invisible Men (2016).  His stories, essays, and translations appear in numerous periodicals including The Southern Review, Boston Review, and Harvard Review.

He is married to academic and birth educator Rixa Freeze and is the father of four bilingual soccer-crazed children. He lives half the year in Crawfordsville, Indiana and the other half in Nice, France.

Summer Day

French Dive is one of the best travel memoirs I've ever read. It's as intellectually enlightening as Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon, and it has all the emotional impact of a novel. This is a moving meditation on contemporary life and a testament to the importance of exploration and discovery.


Author of The Best of Youth

March 3-7: "Game On Again: Teaching Writing for Video Games 2.0" (AWP virtual conference event)

March 7, 4 PM MST: "FRENCH DIVE and FINNA: Authors Eric Freeze and Nate Marshall On What It Means to Be a Neighbor, a Member of a Community, and a Global Citizen." Book Bar Bookstore, Denver, CO. (Crowdcast virtual event)

Feb 16, 12:00 PM EST: French Dive book launch. Wabash College, IN. (Zoom virtual event)

Jan 21, 5 PM PT: Readings by Writers: Eric Freeze, with Pam Houston. (RSVP for Zoom link:



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