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Sept. 5, 2008

IWP writers from Argentina and Iceland read Sept. 21 in Prairie Lights

Two writers in residence with the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) -- Carlos Gamerro from Argentina and Kristof Magnusson from Iceland/Germany -- will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Gamerro is a fiction writer, screenwriter, critic, professor and translator who has written four novels, two collections of short stories and a produced film script. He has also translated Shakespeare, Auden and Harold Bloom. He attends the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Magnusson is a fiction writer, playwright and translator whose theatrical comedies have been widely staged in Germany and translated into Swedish, Turkish, French, Bulgarian and Estonian. He has also coordinated theatre projects with homeless people in Berlin and with Holocaust survivors in New York City.

His novel "Zuhause" won the 2006 Rauriser Literaturpreis in Austria, and is available in French and Marati translations. He has translated work by Icelandic author Einar Kárason into German, and has held writing residencies in Germany, Switzerland, and India. His residency is supported by the Max Kade Foundation.

Biographies of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

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