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Oct. 10, 2008

UI Press releases winner of the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award

Texas writer Glen Pourciau's "Invite," the winner of the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award, will become available from the University of Iowa Press on Oct. 15, 2008.

Intense inner and outer monologues resonate through the lives of Glen Pourciau's characters: We hear the voice of a man who will not stop talking, the voice of a man who does not want to talk, the voice of a man stunned into silence by his sudden awareness of a desire he did not know he felt, and the voice of a man struggling to accept his imminent death.

Inhabiting an outwardly bland landscape that overlays internal questions and recurring confusion, the narrators of these 10 stories strive to understand their varied predicaments. Conflicts with neighbors arise, troubling memories return, suspicions and fears lead people into isolated corners as distances open up inside them and around them. And in those open spaces, the sometimes humorous, sometimes obsessive voices continue their quest.

Pourciau's stories have won the Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize and the Brazos Bookstore Award for Best Short Story from the Texas Institute of Letters, and they have been cited in "Best American Short Stories" and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. He has published stories in magazines including the New England Review, the Ontario Review, the Mississippi Review, the New Orleans Review, the Cimarron Review and Quarterly West.

The Iowa Short Fiction Awards are given to a first collection of fiction in English and are administered through the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The honors are national in scope and have been given since 1969.

"Invite" is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at http://www.uiowapress.org. Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at http://www.eurospangroup.com/bookstore.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Allison Thomas, UI Press, allison-thomas@uiowa.edu; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu