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Release: May 7, 1999

Former UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Busch reads 'Live from Prairie Lights' May 19

IOWA CITY,, Iowa -- Novelist Frederick Busch, a former faculty member at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "The Night Inspector," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

The reading will be broadcast on "Live from Prairie Lights," originating on UI radio station WSUI AM 910.

"Frederick Busch is a superb writer, a skilled artist and poet in every line he writes," critic James Lee Burke has written. " [He] writes with a constrained power that is the mark of a master . . . This man's gift and skill are enormous."

The New York Times Book Review called Busch's new book, "Fierce, wise, gripping and true."

Busch is the author of 22 books, including "Girls," The Children in the Woods," "Long Way from Home" and "Sometimes I Live in the Country."

"Girls" was a New York Times "notable book" for 1997. Busch's short story collection, "The Children in the Woods," was a finalist for the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award. He has received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in short fiction and the National Jewish Book Award, as well as an award for fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has held National Endowment for the Arts, James Merrill, and Guggenheim fellowships, and he currently serves as the Edgar Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University, where he teaches creative writing and directs the Living Writers program.