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Jamaica Kincaid will read at UI Oct. 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist, short-story writer and nonfiction writer Jamaica Kincaid will read from her work at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The free reading, sponsored by Prairie Lights Books and the UI Writers' Workshop, will also be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on WSUI, AM 910.

Born in St. John's, Antigua, West Indies, Kincaid has earned a place as one of this country's leading literary voices. She is now a resident of Vermont and New York City.

Kincaid is known for employing a highly poetic literary style celebrated for its rhythms, imagery, characterization and elliptic narration. Her work also is known for its singular power, as represented by the line, "I wish I could love someone so much I could die from it."

Doris Grumbach, writing in the Washington Post Book World, proclaimed, "With Jamaica Kincaid we have acquired a poet of girlhood and place . . . exhilarating to read and impossible to forget."

Michiko Kakutani, reviewing "A Small Place" for the New York Times, wrote: "Jamaica Kincaid writes with passion and conviction, and she also writes with a musical sense of language, a poet's understanding of how politics and history, private and public events, overlap and blur."

Pamela Marsh of the Christian Science Monitor offered: "Jamaica Kincaid uses the English language as if she just invented it. Everything she writes about her childhood in Antigua has a new-minted ring to it."

Kincaid is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and she is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and a memoir.