May 2011

Ethan Canin

Ethan Canin (1960) was born in Michigan, but spent his childhood in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California, all places his family moved for his father’s work as a musician. After graduating with a degree in English from Stanford University, where he had originally pursued a major in mechanical engineering, Canin came directly to the Writers Workshop, earning his MFA in 1984. At that point, realizing how difficult it would be to earn a living as a writer, he decided to become a doctor.

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Philip Roth

Philip Roth (1933) is one of the most prolific American fiction writers of this century. He published his first book, Goodbye, Columbus, in 1959, at the age of 26, and has written 27 novels, two non-fiction books, and three collections of various writings since. There is almost unanimous consensus by literary critics that Roth’s oeuvre ranks him high in the pantheon of American literature.

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Simon J. Ortiz reading

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Carol Scott-Conner reading

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IC Literary Walk Expanding to the North Side

image Iowa City's Literary Walk, the stretch of downtown sidewalk plaques that pays homage to the town's rich writing tradition, will be bookended this summer with a number of new pieces in the Northside Marketplace.

Iowa City-based writers whose works will be quoted include Samantha Chang, Stephen Bloom, Sarah Prineas, Roberto Ampuero, Lori Er

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Erik Larson reading

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