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Oct. 27, 2006

Bauer Joined By Chang, Miller On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' Nov. 10

Iowa City novelist and essaying Douglas Bauer will read from the new collection of food-related essays he edited, "Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals," at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

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

Two of the 20 essays in the book were written by Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and novelist Sue Miller, and they will be on hand to read them.

The essays -- by writers including Amy Bloom, Claire Messud, Andre Dubus III, Richard Russo, Peter Mayle, Sue Miller, Jane and Michael Stern, Ann Packer, Steve Almond and Henri Cole -- are not so much about the food, but about the meals.

Bauer is the editor of Prime Times and the author of "Prairie City, Iowa," "Dexterity," "The Very Air" and "The Book pf Famous Iowans." He's taught, as a fellow, at the bread Loaf Writers Conference and has been writer in residence at the James Thurber House and at the University of New Mexico. He taught for three years in Harvard University's writing program, where he was twice the recipient of the Harvard-Danforth award for excellence in teaching.

Chang's most recent work, the novel "Inheritance," followed an acclaimed fiction collection titled "Hunger: A Novella and Stories." Chang's fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares and "The Best American Short Stories." Her work has been translated into more than a half-dozen languages.

Chang has been honored as the California Book Award Silver Medalist, as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and with a Bay Area Book Award and literary awards from the Greensboro Review and the Transatlantic Review. Her work has also been nominated for the PEN Center USA West Award and the PEN/Hemingway Literature Prize.

Before taking over as workshop director at the UI, Chang was the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in creative writing at Harvard University. She has also taught at Warren Wilson College and Stanford University, as well as at the UI Summer Writing Festival, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Writers' Conference and the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Miller is the best-selling author of the novels "The World Below," "While I Was Gone," "The Distinguished Guest," "For Love," "Family Picture," "Lost in the Forest" and "The Good Mother"; the story collection "Inventing the Abbotts"; and the memoir "The Story of My Father."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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