WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
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