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Release: Aug. 22, 2001

Etgar Keret, one of Israel's most popular young writers, will read at Prairie Lights Aug. 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One of Israel’s most popular young writers, Etgar Keret, a participant this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will read from his forthcoming collection, "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God: And Other Stories" at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Keret has written books, short stories and comedy for Israeli TV and is a lecturer at Tel Aviv University’s department of film.

All his books have been bestsellers and cult favorites in Israel, and his works have been translated into several languages. His two short-story collections have sold more than 100,000 copies, and more than 40 short films have been produced based on his stories.

His movie "Skin Deep" won the Israeli Oscar as well as first prize at several international film festivals. A film based on one of his stories received the 1998 American MTV award for best animated film.

Keret is one of 30 foreign writers from 25 countries in residence at the IWP Aug. 27 through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Keret’s participation is supported by the US-Israel Educational Foundation.

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