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Nov. 14, 2006

Nicholas Delbanco Will Read Nov. 27 And Present A Lecture Nov. 28

Fiction writer Nicholas Delbanco, a former visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading Nov. 27 and a lecture Nov. 28 during a visit to the UI.

Delbanco will read from his 24th book, "Spring and Fall," at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, on UI radio station WSUI, 910. The reading, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at http://www.

His lecture will be "Writing by Imitating the Great Masters," a free event at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Schaeffer Library and Archives.

"Spring and Fall" is a love story about a couple who meet in college during the '60s, have a passionate affair and spend the rest of their lives moving alternately closer and more distant from one another. Critic Carol Haggas called the book "a sweetly satisfying tale of first, and last, loves."

Elizabeth Kostova, author of "The Historian," wrote that this new novel is "a delicate, beautifully told story of love and memory. Nicholas Delbanco handles that most difficult subject, nostalgia, with poignancy that never becomes sentimental. Anyone who has loved and lost -- which means everyone -- will recognize in Delbanco's characters something familiar."

Delbanco's other novels include "Old Scores," In the Name of Mercy," "The Martlet's Tale," Consider Sappho Burning", "News," "In the Middle Distance," "Small Rain" and "The Sherbrookes Trilogy."

Delbanco's writing has earned him widespread recognition and many literary honors, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. He served as founding director of the Bennington Writing Workshops and, since 1985 has directed the Master of Fine Arts Writing Program at the University of Michigan, where he also administers the Hopwood Awards.

A British-born American, he received his bachelor's degree from Harvard and his master's degree from Columbia University.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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