WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Novelist Scott Spencer, visiting UI faculty member, will read April
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist Scott Spencer will read from his most recent
book at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is sponsored by the University of
Iowa Writers' Workshop and is free and open to the public.
Spencer is a visiting professor this spring in the fiction division
of the Writers' Workshop. He is the author of six novels, including the
best-selling "Endless Love," which was made into a major motion
picture, as well as the highly regarded "Men in Black" (which
bears no relation to the recent movie) and "Secret Anniversaries."
Spencer's latest novel, "The Rich Man's Table," tells the
story of a legendary singer -- a god of music in the '60s and '70s -- as
seen through the eyes of his illegitimate and unacknowledged son.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in the New York Times describes "The
Rich Man's Table" as "a compelling portrait of a figure whose
history 'is the history of the second half of 20th-century America'."
Spencer's earlier novels have also been widely praised. The New Yorker
declares of Spencer's work: "His style is so precise and well-controlled
that his characters' passions and transports never get in the way of their
collisions with American reality and American manners."
The Los Angeles Times Book Review calls Spencer's "Men in Black"
"The Cadillac of novels -- every word vibrating with a kind of shameless
big-boned American grace."
Spencer has written for the New York Times, Esquire, The Nation, GQ,
Rolling Stone and other publications. He has taught at Columbia University
as well as at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.