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Release: Jan. 11, 2002

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Former UI Writers' Workshop faculty member James Salter will read Jan. 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer James Salter, a former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and judge for the Iowa Short Fiction Award, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Room 221 of the UI Chemistry Building. The reading, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Peter Matthiessen wrote of Salter, "There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from his passion and precision of language."

Salter is the author of numerous novels and short-story collection, beginning with "The Hunter" in 1957 and including "Cassada," which just released in paperback last month. He also wrote the screenplay for the film "Downhill Racer," which starred Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Dabney Coleman; and the memoir "The Burning Days." His work has been widely represented in anthologies and literary journals.

His many honors include a PEN/Faulkner Award and a grant from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Salter was New York State Author 1998-2000.

Long known as a "writers' writer," Salter has said of his facility with words, "I'm . . . someone who likes to rub words in his hand, to turn them around and feel them, to wonder if that really is the best word possible."

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