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April 8, 2005

Detective Novelist Elizabeth George Reads On WSUI April 20

Elizabeth George, one of America's best known detective novelists, will read from her new book, "With No One as Witness," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will be a free event in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Issues of racism within the police are brought to the fore in this installment in George's popular Lynley and Havers series -- part of her output of more than 20 novels.

Entertainment Weekly proclaimed, "Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published." A Wall Street Journal article concluded, "Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare."

A review in the American Library Association's Booklist said of "With No One as Witness," "This is a riveting installment in a superb series -- far more than just plain good. It's also a turning point for the series as George makes some bold, surprising decisions that permanently change the lives of the characters her fans have come to know."

George, who holds degrees from the University of California in Riverside and California State University at Fullerton, began her career as a secondary-school teacher. Later she taught creative writing at Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, Calif., for several years before the demands of her literary career intervened.

Since then she has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of British Columbia, the University of California in Irvine, Irvine Valley College and, through Edinboro University's summer program, at Exeter College in Oxford University.

George has won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, Germany's MIMI and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere. She has also been nominated for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards.

Several of her novels have been filmed for television by the BBC and have been broadcast in the United States on the PBS series "Mystery."

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