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Release: Sept. 22, 1999

Novelists Elizabeth McCracken, John Burnham Schwartz will read Sept. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Elizabeth McCracken and John Burnham Schwartz, visiting faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their fiction at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

An alumna of the Writers' Workshop, McCracken has taught at many colleges and writing programs including the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University and Drexel University. At the UI she has taught writing at the Summer Writing Festival, the Elderhostel program, and the Saturday and Evening College, in addition to the Writers' Workshop.

McCracken's stories and essays have been published in anthologies and periodicals including "A Few Thousand Words About Love and Family," "Wild Women," Esquire, Elle and the Three Penny Review.

McCracken most recently published a novel, "The Giant's House," and she has also published "Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry," a collection of short stories. Her current project, "Niagara Falls All Over Again," is forthcoming.

Commenting on "The Giant's House," a New York Times Book Review concludes that "Ms. McCracken unpacks her metaphors with the intensity of a poet."

Schwartz's "Bicycle Days" was a national best seller in the United States in the late '80s and has been subsequently published in Great Britain, Japan, Germany and The Netherlands. His new novel, "Reservation Road" (Knopf, 1988), has also been a best seller in America, with additional editions in Great Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.

Schwartz has written many articles and reviews, which have been published in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsday, the Village Voice, Vogue, ArtForum and DoubleTake. He also won the Lyndhurd Prize in 1991 and the Harvard Certificate for Distinction in Teaching from 1991 through 1994.

Commenting on "Reservation Road", the New York Times review concluded, "It is Mr. Schwartz's authoritative depiction of his characters' inner lives . . . that makes this novel so compelling to read." And critic Adam Kirsch wrote, "Psychologically subtle and acute, 'Reservation Road' is obsessed with the most basic and terrible facts of humanity: the randomness of events, the irreversibility of loss, the impossibility of protection against life and its dangers.