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Release: Oct. 24, 2002

University Of Iowa Writers' Workshop Grad Smolens Reads Nov. 9

Fiction writer John Smolens, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading from his new novel, "The Invisible World," at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Smolens, the director of Northern Michigan University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, is known for his mysteries and short stories set in the Upper Peninsula, including "Cold," "Winter by Degrees" and "Angel's Head."

Nanci Milone Hill wrote of "Invisible World" for Library Journal, "Samuel Adams has spent his life trying to discover the truth about his father. Why did he keep disappearing from family life only to re-enter for brief, unannounced periods of time? What mysterious work did he perform for the government? What was his father's role in the Kennedy assassination? As Sam's mother lies dying at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, a reporter leaks to Sam that she saw his father enter and exit from his mother's room. Was he there to say his final goodbye or to stop her from telling her story?

"A suspicious autopsy report and the realization that his father has taken off with his mother's ashes send Sam off on the trail of this enigma once again. The characters he meets, the motives he exposes, and the puzzle he tries desperately to solve will keep the reader in suspense. Smolens once again proves that he clearly possesses an uncanny ability to tell a disturbing story of intrigue."

Author Jim Harrison recommended, "'The Invisible World' is an utterly engaging thriller, and at the same time a densely meaningful novel about a family. Richly evocative about its Boston locale, 'The Invisible World' is also an old-fashioned page turner."

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