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Release: Sept. 7, 2001
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or by phone at 319-335-2609. The writers are living at the Iowa House, 319-335-3513.)
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Pronunciations: Logue is pronounced
Lozh. Sergio Alejandro Pujols is pronounced SEHR-gee-oh Ah-leh-HAHN-droh POO-hols.)
IWP presents panel discussion on narrative styles Sept.
The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP)
will present a free panel discussion, "To Tell a Story, or, the Alternative
Shapes of Narrative," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the large meeting
room of the Iowa City Public Library. The discussion will be broadcast live
on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast.
Participants in the discussion will be Shashi Warrier
of India, Vince Ford of New Zealand, Antonia Logue of Ireland and Sergio Alejandro
Pujol of Argentina.
Pujol is a novelist, historian and musicologist who writes
for Argentina's most influential newspaper, Clarin, and is concurrently
associate professor of 20th-century history in the School of Journalism and
Social Communication at the National University of La Plata. He is also the
Buenos Aires correspondent for Jazz Notebooks magazine in Madrid and a member
of the Argentine Association of Musicology. His most recent publications are:
"History of Dancing: from Tango Dancing Spots to Disco," "Diescepolo: an Argentine
Biography" and "Valentino in Buenos Aires: the Twenties and Show Business."
His book "Jazz Down South" was honored in 1995 by the National Secretariat
of Culture in Argentina.
Antonia Logue is the author of "Shadow Box," which won
the Irish Times Literature prize for Irish Fiction, and was shortlisted for
the John Llewellyn-Rhys Award for Fiction and the Hawthornden Prize. She received
her master's degree in English Literature from Trinity College in Dublin.
"Shadow Box" has been translated in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands
Vince Ford has won awards for his two novels for children:
His first book, "2Much4U" received the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best
children's fiction by a previously unpublished author. He is currently working
on a novel for a more adult audience. Scripting, managing and presenting video
productions is Ford's current occupation, but he previously worked as a Jackaroo
on a 400,000 acre Australian property.
Shashi Warrier started his career as an economist and
a software specialist in the early 1980s. Warrier's writing career began in
1994 with a juvenile fiction work "The Hidden Continent" and he moved on to
thrillers including "Night of the Krait," The Orphan" and "Sniper." He has
also published numerous short stories on an Internet
site, "Rediff on the Net." He provides regular reviews for various Indian
Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence
at the IWP through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency
at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years,
nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies
in the program.
Like most IWP residency groups, the 2001 community is
a mix of poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, playwrights, journalists,
essayists and critics. Many of the IWP writers will travel from Iowa City
to present lectures, symposia and readings at other campuses in Iowa and throughout
the country, and to visit places of cultural or historical interest.
The IWP is staffed and housed by the University of Iowa.
IWP writers have been financed by the United States State Department, through
bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural
institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated
by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp>
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