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March 24, 2005

National Book Award Winner Franzen Reads At UI April 8

Fiction writer Jonathan Franzen, winner of the National Book Award for "The Corrections," will read from his work at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The event, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Franzen attended Swarthmore College and the Freie Universitaet in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar, and he later worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

He is the author of three novels -- "The Twenty-Seventh City" and "Strong Motion" in addition to "The Corrections" -- and a collection of essays, "How to Be Alone."

In addition to the National Book Award in 2001, his honors include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 and the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000.

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

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