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Oct. 19, 2007

Many NonfictioNow Conference events will be open to the public Nov. 1-3

The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program is hosting the Bedell NonfictioNow Conference, Nov. 1-3 in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), and many of the conference events will be open to the public, free of charge.

The public events will be held in the IMU second-floor ballroom unless otherwise indicated.

On Thursday, Nov. 1:

--Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Patricia Hampl, the author of several acclaimed memoirs, will present a keynote address at the conference welcome session at 8:45 a.m.;

--lyric essayists published by Sarabande Press will read at 1:45 p.m.;

--writers published by the University of Nebraska Press will read at 5 p.m.; and

--writer/filmmaker Ross McElwee will host a screening and speak at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 2:

--writers from the University of Georgia Press will read at 3:30 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge;

--"An Afternoon of Stand-Up Tragedy and Comedy" with Jonathan Ames, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library; and

--Hampl will present a keynote reading at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 3:

--a forum with editors from the New York Times and other publications at 8:45 a.m.;

--writers from Greywolf Press will read at 10:30 a.m.;

--former students and colleagues will present "A Tribute to Carl Klaus," the founder of the Nonfiction Writing Program, at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol;

--University of Iowa Press writers will read at 5 p.m.; and

--journalist/memoirist Richard Rodriguez will present a keynote reading at 8:30 p.m.

The public is also invited to "Riffs, Chords, and Prose: Shaping the Future of Music Writing," an event featuring live music in the Mill Restaurant following the Rodriguez keynote. Admission for the general public is $5 at the door.

The Bedell NonfictionNow Conference is a biennial gathering of 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, and students from around the world. Panels and readings highlight the myriad forms of nonfiction from the video essay, documentary and radio essay to the memoir, lyric essay and literary journalism.

"Last time, we had to turn away people at the door and many of the attendees wrote on their evaluations that this was the best conference they had ever attended," said Robin Hemley, director of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program. "We hope to repeat that impression this time around."

The Nonfiction Writing Program is part of the English department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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