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Feb. 20, 2007

Salter, Guest Of Writers' Workshop, Presents March 5 Reading

Fiction writer James Salter, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Schaeffer Library and Archives, the recently dedicated addition to the UI Dey House.

Salter is a "writers' writer," one who is regarded by other writers as one of the finest practitioners of the craft while being dubbed "the most underrated underrated writer." He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1989; he was New York State Writer from 1998 to 2000; and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000.

Salter has written more than a dozen novels, screenplays, short story collection and memoirs, some of them based on his 12 years in the U.S. Air Force, which included more than 100 combat missions during the Korean War.

His most recent books are "There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter" and the story collection "Last Night," published in 2005, and the novel "A Sport and a Pastime," published in 2006. He also collaborated with his wife, Kay, on the 2006 volume "Life Is Meals."

Reynolds Price wrote that "A Sport and a Pastime" is "As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," and, in a review in the Washington Post Book World, Ned Rorem proclaimed, "Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever."

Salter has said that he is "someone who likes to rub words in his hand, to turn them around and feel them, to wonder if that really is the best word possible. Does that word in this sentence have any electric potential? Does it do anything? Too much electricity will make your reader's hair frizzy."

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

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