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Author Ethan Canin, UI alumnus, will give reading at UI March 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer Ethan Canin, who will join the faculty of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop next fall, will read from his most recent novel at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

Canin is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop and has twice been a workshop visiting faculty member. He is the author of two novels and two collections of stories, work that has long won him acclaim as a writer with heart and style and the power to surprise. His first collection, "Emperor of the Air," was published when Canin was 27 years old and a student at Harvard Medical School. The collection earned high praise and became a best-seller, which is unusual for story collections.

Walker Percy writes: "Ethan Canin's short stories are dazzling -- at times breathtaking, at other times heartbreaking." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote of "Emperor of the Air" in the New York Times: "Startling. . . . These stories transcend the ordinariness of human voices. . . . One can't help noting gratefully how much these remarkable stories are preoccupied with matters of ultimate concern."

Of Canin's second collection, "The Palace Thief and Other Stories," Robert Coles writes: "These stories, so wise and knowing, instruct and inform us, shed light on our inner lives. The achievement of Ethan Canin's 'The Palace Thief' -- the newest addition to what is becoming the most distinguished body of work of any young American author -- is that he gives affecting, unnerving voice to ordinary lives -- and indeed, shows us how we struggle to live and make sense of his world."

Canin's fiction has appeared in Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares and two editions of "Best American Short Stories," as well as in many other magazines and publications. His first novel, "Blue River," was made into a television movie.

The author has earned grants and awards including a Houghton Mifflin literary fellowship, the Henfield Transatlantic Review Award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a James Michener fellowship as well as a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Writers' Workshop.