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Release: Dec. 7, 2001

Photo: Authors (from left) Philip Roth, Eavan Boland and John Irving.

New York Times Book Review recommends books by UI authors

The New York Times Book Review has advice for literary-gift-givers who would like to support University of Iowa writers. Numerous books by UI alumni and faculty members are recommended in the Dec. 2 "Holiday Books 2001" issue of the magazine, the nation's most influential literary supplement.

Among the recently published, UI-connected books recommended by the Times as "Notable Books" of 2001 are:

-- "Carry Me Across the Water" by Writers' Workshop alumnus and current faculty member Ethan Canin; --"Against Love Poetry" by poet Eavan Boland, who represented Ireland in the UI International Writing Program;

--"The Dying Animal" by former Writers' Workshop faculty member Philip Roth;

-- "The Fourth Hand" by perennial best-selling author John Irving, a Writers' Workshop alumnus;

-- "The Lecturer’s Tale" by Writers' Workshop alumnus James Hynes;

-- "My Name is Red" by International Writing Program veteran Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist mentioned as a Nobel Prize possibility;

-- "Niagara Falls All Over Again" by workshop graduate Elizabeth McCracken;

-- "A Perfect Arrangement" by Writers' Workshop alumna Suzanne Berne;

-- "Six Figures" by Writers' Workshop graduate Fred Leebron;

-- "Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan" by John Felstiner, winner of the Truman Capote Award administered by the Writers’ Workshop;

-- "The Practical Heart" by workshop alumnus Allan Gurganus;

-- "Goats," by recent workshop graduate Mark Jude Poirier;

-- "Hoop Roots" by workshop alumnus John Edgar Wideman; and

-- "The Huntsman," by workshop grad Whitney Terrell.

Among the New York Times' "Noteworthy Collection" of recently released paperbacks are "Don’t Tell Anyone" by former Writers’ Workshop acting director Frederick Busch; "Swarm: poems" by Pulitzer Prize-winning workshop graduate and long-time faculty member Jorie Graham; and "Six Figures" by Writers' Workshop alum Fred G. Leebron. "

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