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Oct. 17, 2007

David Shields presents Writers' Workshop faculty lecture Oct. 31

David Shields, an alumnus and visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will speak on "Turning Autobiography into Fiction" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of Dey House.

Located on North Clinton Street in Iowa City, Dey House is the home of the Writers' Workshop. Shields' free talk is part of the Writers' Workshop faculty lecture series.

Shields' forthcoming book is "The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead," described as "both a personal meditation on mortality and an exploration of flesh-and-blood existence from crib to oblivion."

His previous books include "Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine"; "Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography"; "Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity," winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and "Dead Languages: A Novel," winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.

A Kirkus review of "Enough About You" observed that Shields' "insightfulness and careful consideration are his canny talent."

Shields' essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, the Yale Review, the Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's and the Utne Reader, and he has written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington and has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College's low-residency Master of Fine Arts program for writers.

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

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