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Eisenberg reads from her new short-story collection Oct. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Deborah Eisenberg, one of the nation's leading short story writers, will read from her newest work at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, will also be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on WSUI, AM 910.

Eisenberg's most recent collection of stories, "All Around Atlantis," has been greeted with wide acclaim. Time magazine's review stated: "She writes like a dream, both figuratively and literally. Her gift for projecting a variety of moods and voices sets her apart. . . Powerful currents of the subconscious run beneath Eisenberg's winsome surfaces."

Novelist Francine Prose wrote in Elle magazine: "Deborah Eisenberg's stories -- intense, hilarious, exquisitely charted investigations of our world -- have grown steadily more complex, haunting and precise."

Jim Shepard in the New York Times Book Review called the stories in "All Around Atlantis" "spirited and masterly road maps through sad and forbidding terrain."

Eisenberg waited tables for almost a decade before she started writing fiction. She is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature, a Guggenheim fellowship and the Whiting Writer's Award. She also has won two O. Henry awards.

In addition to teaching creative writing at the UI Writers' Workshop, she has taught at New York University, the City University of New York and Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she teaches at the University of Virginia.