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Nov. 11, 2004

Visiting Professor Paola To Read Nov. 17

Suzanne Paola, visiting professor in the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from her work in progress, "How Infinite in Reason," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Gerber Lounge of the English-Philosophy Building.

The reading will be followed by a reception hosted by Nonfiction Writing Program Director Robin Hemley, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Hemley's residence, 701 E. College St. All are invited.

As part of her commitments at Iowa, Paola will also hold a community nonfiction writing workshop titled "Your Life as Living History" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in Meeting Room B of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and participants need only bring paper and pen.

Paola, who also publishes as Susanne Antonetta, is the author of "Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir" (Counterpoint, 2001). Reviewed by Michael Pollan in The New York Times, "Body Toxic" was described as "a considerable achievement" that has "posed a challenge to our prevailing notions of science and journalism and even literary narrative." "Body Toxic" became a New York Times Notable Book for 2001, and placed on many other book-of-the-year lists for that year, including Amazon's list of the Top 10 Memoirs and Library Journal's 10 best science books of the year. It went on to win the American Book Award and to be used as a text in college courses around the country.

Paola has also published four books of poetry, most recently "The Lives of the Saints" (University of Washington Press, 2002), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall award, and "Bardo" (University of Wisconsin Press), winner of the Brittingham Prize. She is also the author, with Brenda Miller, of "Tell It Slant: Writing & Shaping Creative Nonfiction." Her newest book, "A Mind Apart," is due for release in 2005.

Paola teaches nonfiction and poetry at Western Washington University in Bellingham, and is a fall 2004 visiting professor in the UI's Nonfiction Writing Program, where she is teaching a course on science and nature writing.

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