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Sept. 23, 2004

Turchi Reads From New Book On Creative Writing, Oct. 7 On WSUI

Fiction writer and critic Peter Turchi, director of the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts Program for writers, will read from "Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

In "Maps of the Imagination," Turchi draws parallels between the motivation and methods of writers and cartographers. Both cartographers and writers draw from the same well of creativity, curiosity and adventuresome spirit, he argues: "To ask for a map is to say, 'Tell me a story.'"

A starred review in Booklist proclaimed, "No one has so fully, or so seductively and rewardingly, performed as extended a meditation on this illuminating metaphor."

Turchi is the author of the novel "The Girls Next Door," and a collection of stories, "Magician." He co-edited, with Charles Baxter, "Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life," and with Andrea Barrett, "The Story Behind the Story: 26 Contemporary Stories and How They Work."

His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, the Colorado Review and other magazines. He has been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award.

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