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Aug. 27, 2008

UI alumna Jamie Richards reads Sept. 9 from translation of Italian novel

Jamie Richards, an alumna of the University of Iowa translation program who is now a teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, will read from her translation of "Jellyfish" by Giancarlo Pastore at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus. Richards will be at the UI as a guest of the International Writing Program and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature.

"Jellyfish" was hailed as a classic by Italian critics when it appeared in 2003, titled in Italian as "Meduse." Antonio Debenedetti called the book "An original work, a scream, that emerges as the testimony of a resentful, mournful reflection of the self and the world. Meduse's language brings to light sensations and states of being that could never be reached through mere reflection."

Pastore, born in Turin in 1967, studied Italian literature and was a social worker before writing "Jellyfish," which was nominated for the Premio Settembrini. He now works in cultural affairs for the city of Turin and his latest novel, "Regina," came out in 2007.

A bit of Richard's translation work was featured on the UI Daily Palette in 2006. See Her work was also published in the Spring 2005 issue of the UI translation journal eXchanges.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hugh Ferrer, International Writing Program,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,