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April 8, 2009

UI Writers' Workshop guest poet Margot Livesey reads April 22

Novelist Margot Livesey, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her work in a free, public event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Livesey's latest novel, "The House on Fortune Street," is the winner of the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award and was listed as a "best book" by Entertainment Weekly, the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald.

Livesey grew up in a boys' private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants while learning to write.

Her first book, the short-story collection "Learning By Heart," was published in 1986 and has been followed by six novels: "Homework," "Criminals," "The Missing World," "Eva Moves the Furniture" and "Banishing Verona," in addition to "The House on Fortune Street."

Livesey has taught at several colleges and universities and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College.

Alice Sebold says of her work, "Every novel of Margot Livesey's is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery."

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

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