CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
Hungarian writer to speak during National Library Week
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Hungarian writer Miklós Molnár will give
a public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in Beems Auditorium of the
Cedar Rapids Public Library as part of National Library Week. The presentation
is free and open to the public.
Molnár, a writer in residence at the University of Iowa Center for
International and Comparative Studies (CICS), will discuss his writing, his
country's literature and his life under a Communist regime.
His presentation is sponsored by a grant entitled, "Through a Writer's
Eyes: Seeing as the Writer Sees," administered by CICS. The grant is
funded by the Iowa Humanities Board and the Stanley UI Support Organization.
Molnár, a translator and writer of poetry, fiction and essays, received
the Kassak Prize for Avant-Garde Literature in Vienna in 1984. In 1990, he
received the prestigious Atilla József Prize, named for the 20th-century
After the fall of Communism in 1989, Molnár was able to travel and
to own a small publishing house. He also worked on the editorial staffs of
various Hungarian literary reviews. He spent the fall of 1996 as a participant
in the UI's International Writer's Program.
(EDITORS NOTE: For more information or to set up an interview with Molnár,
call Marie Williamson at CICS, (319)335-1435 or Molnar at (319)335-0294.)