CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
"That's Spenser with an 's' ": mystery writer Robert B.
Parker to visit UI for public program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert B. Parker, the internationally renowned author
of the best selling "Spenser" detective series, will visit the
University of Iowa for a free public presentation Thursday, April 30. Sponsored
by the UI Libraries as part of the "Intrigue at Iowa Mystery and Mayhem
Series," the program "Robert B. Parker and the Spenser Mysteries,"
will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Triangle Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Rather than deliver a lecture, Parker will sit for a public interview
conducted by Robert Wachal, professor emeritus in linguistics. Wachal is
an authority on culinary mysteries who recently developed a guide to food
references in Parker's work. A reception and book signing will follow the
Parker is considered one of the best writers of crime fiction today,
and his novels featuring the wisecracking, street-smart, private-eye Spenser
have earned him critical acclaim and a devoted following. Spenser made
the leap from the page to the television screen in the series "Spenser
For Hire," starring actor Robert Urich, which ran from 1985-1988 and
can still be seen in syndication.
The author of more than 30 books, Parker has finished one of Raymond
Chandler's 'Marlowe' novels and has written a novel of his own in the style
of Chandler. Copies of Parker's most recent books will be on sale at the
event courtesy of the University Bookstore. For additional information
on book sales, contact the University Bookstore (319) 335-3179.
Due to limited seating, free tickets for this event are being distributed
through the University Box Office, located at the IMU, and the University
Libraries Administrative Office, located on the first floor of the Main
Library. Those who wish to attend the program may pick up tickets at either
location beginning April 6. Tickets may also be ordered by phone by calling
(319) 335-5867 and will be mailed if orders are received by April 22. The
normal hours for the Box Office are Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00
p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 9:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on a first-comebasis.
For more information about this event, contact University Libraries
at (319) 335-5867.
(Editors Note: Parker is available for telephone interviews before he
arrives in Iowa City. For information about arranging an interview, contact
Mary Geraghty at University News Services, (319) 384-0011.)