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March 11, 2004

Korean-American Writer Chang-Rae Lee Reads March 13

Korean-American novelist Chang-Rae Lee, author of "Native Speaker" and "A Gesture Life," will read from his new novel, "Aloft," at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Lee has been honored with the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Oregon Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Quality Paperback Books New Voices Award for Best New Fiction and an American Library Association Notable Book for Adults

Valerie Ryan wrote, "Chang-Rae Lee, named by The New Yorker as one of its 20 writers for the 21st Century, has confirmed his place in that company with 'Aloft,' a masterful treatment of a man coming to terms with his own disaffection. . . . With 'Aloft' Lee just keeps getting better."

Lee teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

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