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March 8, 2007

Charles Baxter Reads March 22 At UI

Fiction writer Charles Baxter, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Baxter, who teaches at the University of Minnesota, is the author of four novels -- most recently "Saul and Patsy" -- four collections of short stories, three collections of poems and a collection of essays on fiction.

He received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, and "The Feast of Love" was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. And he is among the writers in America who are most admired by other writers.

Ron Hanson wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "Baxter's stories are intelligent, original, gracefully written, always moving, frequently funny and -- the rarest of compliments -- wise."

While he is at the UI, Baxter will also meet with students in the Writers' Workshop.

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

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