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Award-winning humorist Bouchier reads June 17 in Iowa Summer Writing Festival

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Bouchier, an award-winning essayist for National Public Radio and a regular humor columnist for the New York Times, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library as part of the 1998 Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Bouchier, who holds a doctorate from the University of London, is a weekly essayist for NPR station WSHU in Fairfield, Conn. His witty and ironic commentaries have appeared in many newspapers and magazines in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

He also hosts one of the few funny classical music programs in America, "Sunday Matinee."

Bouchier's fourth and most recent book is "The Accidental Immigrant," a collection of humorous essays about life in America.

Bouchier is teaching a week-long beginning humor writing class and a week-long advanced humor writing class during the festival.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, which has grown from nine classes in 1987 to about 130 workshops this year, annually attracts more than 1,000 people from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Participants take weekend and week-long classes under the direction of established writers, learning to hone their skills and explore new ideas in writing.

Nationally known authors, including many with UI and Iowa connections, are featured among the program's teachers.

For more information contact the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at (319) 335-2534.

6/12/98