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New UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Ethan Canin reads Nov. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer Ethan Canin, a new faculty member this fall at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "For Kings and Planets," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Sponsored by the Prairie Lights bookstore and the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

The reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, which originates on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Critic Christopher Lehman-Haupt has called Canin "one of the most satisfying writers on the contemporary scene."

Of "For Kings and Planets," Publishers Weekly observes, "Many qualities that make a novel masterful are present in Canin's fourth book: Richly nuanced characterizations, a sensuous sense of place, easy dialogue, controlled pacing and a story that is a classic parable of the human condition."

And Newsday critic Dan Cryer proposes, "To this year's list of outstanding American novels . . . we must now add Ethan Canin's 'For Kings and Planets.' the prose is distinguished by a seamless, lighter-than-air eloquence that calls to mind as much Cheever as Fitzgerald. What will most impress readers of this engrossing narrative . . . is the dignity and integrity with which Canin writes about fallible human lives."

Canin, who is a graduate of both the UI Writers' Workshop and the Harvard Medical School, is the author of "Emperor of the Air," "Blue River," and "The Palace Thief," which was named one of the 20 best books of the year by Granta magazine.