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Feb. 15, 2004

Crace Reads Feb. 25 As Guest Of UI Writers' Workshop

English fiction writer Jim Crace, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Room 321 of the UI Chemistry Building.

Crace, whose most recent book is "Genesis," won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2000 for his novel "Being Dead."

Jim Shepard, one of the finalists for the directorship of the Writers' Workshop, wrote, "It's not clear to me why Jim Crace isn't world famous." John Updike described Crace as "a writer of hallucinatory skill." And in the Literary Review, Justin Cartwright called him "one of the most distinctive and talented writers of our time."

Crace's other books include "Quarantine," winner of the Whitbread Award and short-listed for the Booker Prize; "Continent"; "Gift of Stones"; "The Devil's Larder"; and "Signals of Distress."

His novels have been translated into 14 languages, and he was elected to the Royal Society of Literature.

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

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