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Feb. 24, 2009

Best-selling author Alice Sebold to speak March 4 at UI

Best-selling author Alice Sebold will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk, presented by the University Lecture Committee, is free and open to the public.

Sebold is the author of three New York Times number one best-sellers: "Lucky," "The Lovely Bones" and "The Almost Moon."

"The Lovely Bones" begins: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." The book was an international bestseller, with translations in over 45 languages and American sales alone of over 5 million copies. Three months after the publication of "The Lovely Bones," Sebold's 1999 memoir "Lucky," an account of her rape at the age of 18 and the trial that followed, also rose to number one on The New York Times best-seller list.

In 2007, "The Almost Moon, Sebold's controversial second novel, was published beginning with this first sentence: "When all was said and done, killing my mother came easily." Another best-seller, "The Almost Moon" generated much critical discord, both laudatory and negative as Sebold plunged into taboo territories of matricide, mental illness and profound ambivalence about mother/daughter relationships.

Born in Madison, Wis., Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University as well as the University of Houston and the University of California, Irvine. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and is currently editing "The Best American Short Stories 2009."

A film version of "The Lovely Bones" is in production for a 2009 release, written and directed by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of "The Lord of the Rings."

The New York Times says that Sebold has the "ability to capture both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the banal and the horrific, in lyrical, unsentimental prose."

The UI Book Store will be selling Sebolds' books before and after her appearance in the Main Lounge. She will also be signing books following her address.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-335-3407,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,