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March 19, 2004

Novelist James Salter Reads At UI March 31

James Salter, who has been described as "the most electrifying prose stylist since Hemingway" and "a contemporary American master," will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, presented by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Writing in the Washington Post Book World, Ned Rorem asserted, "Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams and John Cheever." And Robert Burke, writing in the Bloomsbury Review, called him "one of the best writers in this country."

James Salter was born in 1926 and raised in New York City. After graduating from West Point in 1945, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a fighter pilot, flying more than 100 combat missions during the Korean War.

Following the publication of his first novel in 1957, Salter resigned his commission, and he has earned his living as a writer ever since. He was the official New York State Author from 1998 to 2000.

Salter has written novels including "The Hunter," "The Arm of Flesh," "A Sport and a Pastime," Light Years" and "Solo Faces"; the screenplay "Downhill Racer," which starred Robert Redford; the story collection "Dusk and Other Stories," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the acclaimed memoir "Burning the Days: A Recollection."

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

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