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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 the public.

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 for Fiction.