WRITER: KEITH VEZEAU
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
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.