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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TAP DOGS, BOUND FOR HANCHER, PERFORM ON 'TONIGHT' SHOW AUG. 28 -- Tap Dogs, the Australian blue-collar tap-dance sensation slated for a full week of October performances in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, can be previewed on Thursday, Aug. 28, when they make an appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight" show on NBC-TV.

Known for putting a sweaty, sexy, industrial, work-booted spin on the art of tap dancing, Tap Dogs has become one of the world's most in-demand dance attractions. The show will be presented in Hancher Auditorium for eight performances, Oct. 7-12.

Tickets are available now from the Hancher box office, (319) 335-1160, or toll-free within Iowa and western Illinois at 1-800-HANCHER.

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IWP/WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS BEGIN AUG. 31 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present the first in a fall series of joint readings at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free readings, each pairing a prominent foreign writer in residence at the IWP with a graduate student in the Writers' Workshop, will continue most Sundays through November.

The likely IWP participant is South African fiction writer Marita van der Vyver, whose first novel for adults made publishing history in South Africa by selling more copies in its first few days and months than any other Afrikaans novel. It also won some of the most prestigious literary awards in the country, including the biggest local literary prize, the M-Net, and was the first Afrikaans novel to be published in Chinese.

The English translation, "Entertaining Angels," was published in 1993 by Dutton in the United States and as a Penguin paperback in Britain.

In 1994, her second novel was featured on the bestseller lists for nearly a year, and also appeared in the United States and Britain. Before writing her first adult novel, she wrote three novels for young adults.

Her participation in the IWP comes through a bursary from the South African Foundation of the Creative Arts.

Also reading will be a student poet from the Writers' Workshop.

The IWP, which this fall celebrates 30 years of promoting global literary understanding, is hosting 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies at the UI. In three decades, more than 1,100 writers from more than 110 countries have completed residencies in the program.

(Note to broadcasters: Her surname is pronounced "fon-der-VY-fer")

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INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM PANELS BEGIN SEPT. 3 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will offer the first of its 1997 panel discussions at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

In "My Pilgrim Soul: Choosing the Other Tongue," three or four of the recently arrived IWP writers will address issues including the influence of colonization on literature, marginalization caused by the competing claims of majority/minority languages, reclaiming language from the experience of colonization or political oppression, and appropriating the voice of another culture or gender as one's own.

The IWP, which this fall celebrates 30 years of promoting global literary understanding, is hosting 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies at the UI. In three decades, more than 1,100 writers from more than 110 countries have completed residencies in the program.

The free panel discussions, addressing topics of interest to the writers, will continue most Wednesdays through Nov. 12.

8/22/97