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March 18, 2004

Author T.C. Boyle Returns To Read At UI March 30

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate T. Coraghessan Boyle, one of America's most popular fiction writers, will return to the UI to read from "Drop City," the best-seller now out in paperback, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall. The event, presented by the Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

"Drop City," a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award, is the kinky tale of a California hippie commune transplanted to the Alaskan wilderness.

A review in commented, "T Coraghessan Boyle is a man you can trust. You may not know what to expect in terms of subject matter (after all, Boyle protagonists have included samurais, rock stars, insane millionaires, explorers and marijuana farmers), but you know that you will not be disappointed. . . . Starting a new book by T Coraghessan Boyle is akin to taking a magical mystery tour -- you know not where. You don't know where you're going, you don't know where you'll end up -- you just know it'll be one hell of a ride."

Kirkus Reviews concluded, "Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. . . . Probably the fullest picture of the hippie culture of the late '60s since Marge Piercy's early fiction, and one of Boyle's best."

A Newsweek profile called Boyle "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist." His books are available in more than a dozen foreign languages, and his stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines. His literary awards include several O. Henry Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN Center West Literary Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Boyle's other novels include "A Friend of the Earth," "The Tortilla Curtain," "The Road to Wellville," "East is East," "The Inner Circle," "World's End," "Budding Prospects," "Riven Rock" and "Water Music." He is also the author of the short story collections "After the Plague," "Without a Hero," "If the River Was Whiskey," "Greasy Lake," "Double Takes" and "Descent of Man."

Boyle received both a Master of Fine Arts degree and a doctorate in English from the UI, and he has been a visiting faculty member in the Writers' Workshop. He heads the creative writing program at the University of Southern California.

The Writers' Workshop is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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