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Release: Oct. 3, 2002
Photos: Elizabeth McCracken (top), Edward Carey.
Writers' Workshop's McCracken Reads With IWP's Carey
writer and librarian Elizabeth McCracken, a visiting faculty member in the
University of Iowa Writers Workshop, will be joined by International
Writing Program participant Edward Carey from Great Britain for a free reading
at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies
McCrackens most recent book is the novel Niagara Falls All Over
Again, which was published last year and will appear in paperback next
Critic Rob Cline wrote, It is difficult to imagine this story being
told any better than McCracken tells it. Niagara Falls All Over Again
reminds us that the relationships that bring us the most joy and those that
bring us the most pain are often one and the same.
McCracken first grabbed the attention of the literary world in 1993, with
Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry, a collection of short stories
she developed while she was a student at the Writers Workshop. The New
York Times Book Review carried a review of the collection that stated, if
these stories are about people who are taken in -- in all senses of the word
-- they are also about the way in which the worlds misanthropes, with
their odd shapes and ragged edges, knit themselves into the fabric of life.
Her other book is The Giant's House, a novel about the relationship
of a lonely librarian with an 11-year-old boy she meets at the circulation
desk. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the book led
Granta magazine to name her one of the Best Young American Novelists..
is a writer quickly gaining international recognition. He has had five plays
produced, most recently an adaptation of Charles Dickens The Pickwick
Papers. His novel Observatory Mansions, a finalist for the
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Prize, is being marketed in
10 countries. This fresh take on the Gothic novel, and his forthcoming novel
Alva and Irva, contain his original artwork.
Margee Smith wrote about Observatory Mansions for Library Journal,
This unique work is haunting in both setting and story. And Sharon
Greene wrote for Booklist, Observatory Mansions is strangely
uplifting, positing that there is no human spirit so wounded that it does
not strive to heal.
The critic of the Detroit Free Press called the book, a triumphant
argument for how brilliant the novel can still be, and a review in USA
Today suggested, Readers who complain theres no originality left
in the world should visit Observatory Mansions.
Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency
at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings
established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the
lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers
from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program. This
falls program includes 36 writers from 30 countries. Carey is participating
through the support of the U.S. Department of State.
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