Muhamed Abdelnabi Yui Tanizaki Rodrigo Blanco Calderón
FAYETTE, Iowa (September 6, 2013) - Upper Iowa University will host an International Authors Day event Thursday, September 19, on the Fayette campus. With the help of the Center for International Education and the College of Liberal Arts, the UIU Writing Center welcomes three recognized authors for a panel discussion on the writing craft and life and a reading of their work. The public is welcome to attend.
This is the third year Upper Iowa University has hosted an International Authors Day event. "The Writing Center has been fortunate to again collaborate with the renowned International Writing program at the University of Iowa in bringing authors to our Fayette campus from around the globe," said Caroline Ledeboer, UIU Writing Center director and instructor in English. "This is an opportunity to think about writing outside of the classroom and appreciate authors beyond our American borders."
A panel discussion will be held from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Liberal Arts auditorium, with a public reading by each author to follow at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Alongside a spoken-word poetry performance held at 8:30 p.m. in the Ballroom as part of Upper Iowa University's new Fine Arts Series, these events make this a day focused on world literature.
The three authors featured include Muhamed Abdelnabi, a fiction writer and translator from Egypt; Yui Tanizaki, a fiction writer and translator from Japan; and Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, a fiction writer from Venezuela.
Abdelnabi is the author of the short story collections A Rose For Who Betrays (2003) and The Ghost of Anton Chekhov (2012), and of the novel The Return of the Sheikh (2012), long-listed for the 2013 Arabic Booker Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in many Arabic-language publications in print and on-line. Translations into Arabic include among others work by Hisham Matar, Joe Sacco, the Dalai Lama, and Tariq Ali. He participates courtesy of the William B. Quarton Foundation.
Tanizaki is the author of the novel Maiochiru Mura (2009), which garnered her the 2007 Bungagukai Prize for New Writers. Her stories and essays are featured in numerous literary magazines; and her translations include Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. She participates courtesy of the Japan Foundation.
Blanco Calderón is the author of three collections of short stories: Una larga fila de hombres (Men in a Long Line) (2005), Los invencibles (2007) and most recently Las rayas (Scratches) (2011), anthologized in many Latin American publications. Blanco Calderón participated in the 2007 Hay Festival Bogota as one of 'Latin America's 39 Most Exciting Authors Under 39.' He is the founder the publishing house and bookstore Lugar Común, and teaches literature at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
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