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March 31, 2006

Short-story Writer Deborah Eisenberg Returns To UI For April 13 Reading

Short-story writer Deborah Eisenberg, a former visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return to Iowa to present a free reading as a guest of the workshop, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Lecture Room 2 of UI Van Allen Hall.

Eisenberg's most recent collection is "Twilight of the Superheroes," published earlier this year and greeted with a chorus of critical acclaim.

A starred review in Publishers Weekly asserted, "Short-story master Eisenberg delivers, with signature intelligence and humor, six elegant, soulful new tales . . . a terrific addition to the oeuvre of one of America's finest and most deeply empathetic short story writers."

Lisa Zeidner wrote for the Washington Post's Book World, "'Twilight of the Superheroes,' confirms her talent for fiction that, like Chekhov's, insinuates you right into the characters' gnarled hearts, by methods so subtle and slippery that you're not sure where you are or how you got there."

And Heller McAlpin wrote in Newsday, "What fans out from Eisenberg's unpredictable narratives is not so much a glimmering mist as a meteor shower of insights."

Eisenberg has been the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, three O. Henry Awards, a Rea Award and a Whiting Writers' Award. She currently teaches at the University of Virginia.

Her previous books are "The Stories So Far," "Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg," "All Around Atlantis," "Under the 82nd Airborne" and "Transactions in Foreign Currency."

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