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Feb. 26, 2004

Russian Author Victoria Fomina Featured At Feb. 29 IWP Reading

Victoria Fomina, the 2004 International Programs Writer-in-Residence, will read excerpts from her novel, "Letters to the Colonel," from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29. The reading, sponsored by the International Writing Program, will be held at Shambaugh House, 430 North Clinton St. Children are welcome and refreshments will be served.

The reading will be delivered in Russian and in English. The excerpts have been translated into English by Anna Barker, and a sample of the translations can be found at

An award-winning Russian fiction writer, Fomina is considered a rising talent in Moscow literary circles. Her recently published collection of short stories was nominated for one of the highly rated "Anti-Booker" awards in 1999 and received critical acclaim. Fomina represents the new Russian literary generation in whose work the memory imprints of the Soviet era are layered with pictures of the rapidly changing post-socialist urban scene.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, please call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen