CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 2, 1999
Author E.L. Doctorow presents free public reading at
UI April 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- PEN/Faulkner award-winning novelist
E. L. Doctorow will give a presentation entitled "The Politics of God" at
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in Van Allen Hall Lecture Room 1. Sponsored by
the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to
Doctorow will appear as an Ida Beam Visiting Professor,
and his visit is also supported by the Donald V. Walz and Winifred E. Walz
Distinguished Visitor Series.
UI Writers' Workshop director Frank Conroy calls Doctorow's
presentation a "novelist's meditation on the social implications of religious
belief." He goes on to call Doctorow "one of the most important writers of
the latter half of the 20th century."
The Dallas Morning News calls Doctorow's writing "Compelling
. . . remarkable . . . brilliant." "Doctorow takes up the legacies of Fitzgerald
and Cheever and adds to them a savage and erotic splendor of his own," novelist
John le Carre has commented.
Doctorow's novels include "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate,"
"The Waterworks," "The Book of Daniel," "Loon Lake" and "Welcome to Hard Times."
He has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award,
the National Book Award, The PEN/Faulkner Award and the Edith Wharton Citation