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Oct. 4, 2011

UI Press publishes memoir by fiction writer Peter Selgin

Peter Selgin's Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, from Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction, published by the University of Iowa Press, is now available.

The book may be obtained at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or http://www.uiowapress.org. Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at http://www.eurospanbookstore.com.

Selgin is currently the Viebranz Distinguished Writer in Residence at St. Lawrence University. Winner of the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction for his story collection Drowning Lessons, he has also published a novel, Life Goes to the Movies and two works on the fiction writer's craft.

Oliver Sacks wrote of the new volume, "Peter Selgin is a born writer, capable of taking any subject and exploring it from a new angle, with wit, grace, and erudition. He has a keen eye for the telling detail and a voice that is deeply personal, appealing, and wholly original. Fans of Selgin's fiction will know they are in for a treat, and those who are new to his work would do well to start with this marvelous memoir in essays, his finest writing yet."

Selgin was cursed/blessed with an unusual childhood. The son of Italian immigrants —- his father an electronics inventor and a mother so good looking UPS drivers swerved off their routes to see her —- Selgin spent his formative years scrambling among the hat factory ruins of a small Connecticut town, visiting doting—and dotty—relatives in the "old world," watching mental giants clash at Mensa gatherings, enduring Pavlovian training sessions with a grandmother bent on "curing" his left-handedness, and competing savagely with his right-handed twin.

Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, is a bold, unblushing journey down roads less traveled. Whether recounting his work driving a furniture delivery truck, his years as a caricaturist, his obsession with the Titanic that compelled him to complete 75 paintings of the ship (in sinking and nonsinking poses), or his daily life as a writer, from start to finish he gives readers slices of a vividly detailed, sometimes hilarious, often moving, but always memorable life.

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