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April 6, 2005

UI Writers' Workshop Graduate Daniel Alarcon Reads On WSUI April 19

Recent University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Daniel Alarcon will read from his debut story collection, "War By Candlelight," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Alarcon, who was born in Peru and raised in Alabama, came to the attention of the literary world when his story "City of Clowns" appeared in the summer 2003 debut fiction issue of The New Yorker. He won a Whiting Writers Award the same year.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones wrote, "Daniel Alarcon's stories are one of the reasons we go to storytellers -- they present worlds we have only imagined or heard about in less truthful ways."

Writing for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cherie Parker praised Alarcon for "precise, searing language and immediately embraceable characters" and concluded, "Alarcon's skill with language and his eye for the beautiful tragedy of the human condition are on brilliant display in 'War by Candlelight'."

And UI International Writing Program veteran Alberto Fuguet wrote, "It was bound to happen: the great new Latin American voice writes in English. Daniel Alarcon's surprising and adrenaline-filled short stories not only put him immediately on the map, they turn the damn map upside down."

The Writers' Workshop is an academic program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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