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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2004

Work Of IWP Participant Mo Yan Will Be Featured In Bilingual Reading Sept. 13

The fiction of International Writing Program participant Mo Yan from China will be featured in a bilingual reading at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus. The reading is free and the public is invited to attend.

Mo Yan is one of China's foremost novelists. The film adaptation of his 1987 novel "Red Sorghum" won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and helped bring Chinese film into the international mainstream. Several of his other novels and short-story collections have been published in English translations.

A more complete biography is at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html.

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, will be in residence at the University of Iowa during the next three months as participants in the IWP. The IWP is a unique residency program that each year promotes international understanding by assembling a "United Nations of writing" at the UI. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Shambaugh House, the headquarters of the IWP, is located 430 N. Clinton Street, at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets on the UI campus.

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