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John Irving will read March 5 at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist John Irving, one of America's best-known authors, will read from his most recent book, "Trying to Save Peggy Sneed," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Buchanan Auditorium on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Irving is an alumnus and former faculty member of the UI Writers' Workshop. His novels have earned both critical acclaim and best-seller status.

Irving is the author of "The World According to Garp," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "A Son of the Circus," "A Prayer for Owen Meany," "The Cider House Rules," "The 158-Pound Marriage," "The Water Method Man" and "Setting Free the Bears."

"The World According to Garp" and "The Hotel New Hampshire" have been made into motion pictures, and Irving has written screenplays for "The Cider House Rules" and "A Son of the Circus," both of which are scheduled to go into production next year.

"Trying to Save Peggy Sneed" is a collection of Irving's works that includes six short stories and six pieces of nonfiction. The highly praised volume opens with three memoirs, including "My Dinner at the White House" -- a hilarious account of Irving's dinner with President Reagan -- and "The Imaginary Girlfriend."

The New York Times Book Review says of "Peggy Sneed": "Supple and energetic as a stylist, Mr. Irving also knows just how to create in the reader's mind a vivid impression of an existing world -- and just how to populate it."

The Denver Post calls the collection "a rich, wonderful and diverse look into the creative mind of one of America's most imaginative and passionate novelists."