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Stuart Dybek and Barry Unsworth, Writers' Workshop visiting faculty, read at UI Oct. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Writers Stuart Dybek and Barry Unsworth, visiting faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free joint reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Dybek, who is also an alumnus of the Writers' Workshop, has published the short-story collections "The Coast of Chicago" and "Childhood and Other Neighborhoods," as well as a volume of poetry, "Brass Knuckles." His stories depict the immigrant neighborhoods in Chicago, where he grew up.

A New York Times review observed that many of Dybek's stories "take place at night or twilight, that hour when the cheerful routines of day give way to more subterranean emotions, when the mundane facts of life take on a hallucinatory magic."

Three of his stories have appeared in O. Henry prize story collections, and his work has appeared in magazines including the Atlantic Monthly, the Iowa Review, Antaeus and Ploughshares. In l984 he won the Whiting Writers Award, and he has also been honored with Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, a Nelson Algren Award, inclusion in "Best American Short Stories," a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a PEN/Malamud Award.

Dybek is a faculty member at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Unsworth is the author of the Booker Prize-winning "Sacred Hunger" and the best-selling "Morality Play." His most recent novel is "After Hannibal," and he has also written "Mooncranker's Gift," "Pascali's Island," "The Hide," "The Stone Virgin" and "The Rage of the Vulture."

Unsworth grew up in northeast England in a mining family. He was the first member of his family not to go down to the pits. Instead he studied at Manchester University, spent a year in France teaching English, traveled extensively in Greece and Turkey throughout the '60s and taught at the University of Istanbul. Later he lived in Cambridge, England, and in Italy.

The Sunday Telegraph review of "After Hannibal" concluded, "Throughout 'After Hannibal,' you feel that here is a writer at the height of his powers, equally at ease with the big brush as with the small, taking considerable risks and pulling them off in a manner that's all the more impressive for being so unobtrusive," and the Spectator commented, "Few novelists now writing are anything like as reliably enjoyable as Barry Unsworth. . . . There's very little the reviewer needs to say about his fiction, except: read it."