WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
John Irving will read March 5 at the University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist John Irving, one of America's best-known authors,
will read from his most recent book, "Trying to Save Peggy Sneed,"
at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Buchanan Auditorium on the campus of the
University of Iowa in Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers'
Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Irving is an alumnus and former faculty member of the UI Writers' Workshop.
His novels have earned both critical acclaim and best-seller status.
Irving is the author of "The World According to Garp," "The
Hotel New Hampshire," "A Son of the Circus," "A Prayer
for Owen Meany," "The Cider House Rules," "The 158-Pound
Marriage," "The Water Method Man" and "Setting Free the
"The World According to Garp" and "The Hotel New Hampshire"
have been made into motion pictures, and Irving has written screenplays for
"The Cider House Rules" and "A Son of the Circus," both
of which are scheduled to go into production next year.
"Trying to Save Peggy Sneed" is a collection of Irving's works
that includes six short stories and six pieces of nonfiction. The highly praised
volume opens with three memoirs, including "My Dinner at the White House"
-- a hilarious account of Irving's dinner with President Reagan -- and "The
The New York Times Book Review says of "Peggy Sneed": "Supple
and energetic as a stylist, Mr. Irving also knows just how to create in the
reader's mind a vivid impression of an existing world -- and just how to populate
The Denver Post calls the collection "a rich, wonderful and diverse
look into the creative mind of one of America's most imaginative and passionate