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Oct. 14, 2003

Fiction Writer Lorrie Moore Reads At UI Oct. 23

Fiction writer Lorrie Moore, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Lecture Room I of UI Van Allen Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Moore's most recent book is "Like Life: Stories," which a New York Times review described as "insightful and moving . . . a rewarding, even exhilarating book."

A review in the Village Voice explained, "Moore's comic sensibility is close to Dorothy Parker. . . Like Parker, she shows the wounds that wisecracks are meant to cauterize, and the desperate loneliness that gives rise to humor. . . . Her brilliant and ever-expanding body of work suggests there are few enduring pleasures left to us -- not least of which are laughing, weeping, and marveling at the countless ways we stumble through."

Moore's other books of fiction are "Birds of America," "Anagrams," "Self Help: Stories" and "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital." She is the editor of "I Know Some Things: Stories About Childhood by Contemporary Writers" and "The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood."

Her work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, "The Best American Short Stories" and "Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards."

A professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Moore has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship.

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