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April 30, 2008

Eugenides offers free reading as a guest of the UI Writers' Workshop

Writer Jeffrey Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2002 novel "Middlesex," will present a free reading as a guest of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Most recently, Eugenides edited "My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Checkov to Munro," published earlier this year. All the proceeds from that book will support free youth writing programs.

On the basis of his first novel, "The Virgin Suicides," both Granta and The New Yorker identified Eugenides as an American talent to watch. That book was adapted for a 1999 film by Sofia Coppola.

"Middlesex," his Pulitzer winner, re-imagines the American epic through the life of a Greek-American hermaphrodite who carries a mutant gene. Jonathan Franzen wrote, "Jeffrey Eugenides is a big and big-hearted talent, and 'Middlesex' is a weird, wonderful novel that will sweep you off your feet."

Rachel Collins wrote for the Library Journal, "Spanning three generations and two continents, the story winds from the small Greek village of Smyrna to the smoggy, crime-riddled streets of Detroit, past historical events, and through family secrets. . .

"From the beginning, the reader is brought into a world rich in culture and history, as Eugenides extends his plot into forbidden territories with unique grace. His confidence in the story, combined with his sure prose, helps readers overcome their initial surprise and focus on the emotional revelation of the characters and beyond.

"Once again, Eugenides proves that he is not only a unique voice in modern literature but also well versed in the nature of the human heart."

His short stories have been published in "Best American Short Stories," "The Spacial Uncanny," The New Yorker, Granta and "The Pushcart Prize."

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Eugenides has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Foundation for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award and the Harold D. Vursell Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also been a fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin.

Eugenides, who was educated at Brown University and Stanford University, joined the faculty of Princeton University in 2007.

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

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