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Acclaimed author Robert Coover to read at URI, April 4

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 21, 2006 -- Robert Coover, one of the most notable practitioners of metafiction today, will read from his work at the University of Rhode Island on April 4. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Galanti Lounge, Room 306, URI Library at 3:30 p.m.

Coover's first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, won the 1966 William Faulkner Award. His other works include the collection of short fiction, Pricksongs & Descants, a collection of plays, A Theological Position, such novels as The Public Burning, which received a National Book Award nomination; Spanking the Maid, Gerald's Party, Pinocchio in Venice, John's Wife, Ghost Town, Briar Rose and Stepmother. In this most recent publication, A Child Again, Coover returns to bat with a collection of short stories finding new life in our oldest tales.

The author’s latest honor is the Dugannon Foundation's REA award for his lifetime contribution to the short story. Coover teaches electronic writing and mixed media as well as creative workshops at Brown University.

“Coover has been an innovator since the 1960s and keeps shaping and influencing American literature. Although his main category is fiction, he has produced works in every genre of writing. In his storytelling, Coover is always concerned with breaking open the constructs derived from myths, legends, fables, fairy tales, philosophies, histories and other fictions,” says E. Ly Bell, a member of URI’s English Department and a visiting scholar at Brown who will introduce the author.

„Even if you've never heard of this writer, don't miss your chance, come and listen to this pervasive, dramatic reader, who has mesmerized audiences internationally, “ she says.