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March 17, 2005

Pelecanos Reads From New D.C. Crime Novel March 30 On WSUI

Celebrated detective novelist George Pelecanos will read from his latest book, "Drama City," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 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 the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The New York Times' Janet Maslin called "Drama City" "lean, stirring, knife-edged" and "red-hot."

"'Drama City' transports the reader directly into its characters' struggles and gives a visceral sense of each little challenge or victory ... Although a downhill trajectory seems inevitable, 'Drama City' leads up to a daring and unexpected finale."

A native of Washington, D.C., Pelecanos was a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, shoe salesman, electronics salesman and construction worker before publishing his first novel in 1992.

He is the author of a dozen crime/noir novels set in and around his hometown, including "Hard Revolution," which has just been released in paperback. "Hell to Pay" was the recipient of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Award, and "The Big Blowdown" won the International Crime Novel of the Year award in France, Germany, and Japan. Esquire magazine called Pelecanos "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world."

Pelacanos' short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections "Unusual Suspects," "Best American Mystery Stories of 1997," Measure of Poison" and "Best American Mystery Stories of 2002." He is also an award-winning journalist and essayist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, GQ, Uncut, Mojo and numerous other publications.

Pelecanos produced the feature films "Caught," "Whatever" and "Blackmale," and was the U.S. distributor of John Woo's cult classic, "The Killer." Most recently, he has been a staff writer and story editor for the HBO dramatic series "The Wire."

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