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October 22, 1996

Author Of "Ruined By Reading" To Present Program at the Library of Congress on December 6

Lynne Sharon Schwartz will read from her most recent book, Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books (Beacon, 1996), in a program at the Library of Congress at noon on Friday, Dec. 6, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in its "Books & Beyond" series, the program is free and open to the public.

Ruined by Reading has been described as "a deliciously indulgent act of protest for all those who treasure the joys of the printed word." It also provides an autobiographical glimpse of how she became the writer she is today.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz's earlier books include the novels The Fatigue Artist, Disturbances in the Field, Rough Strife (nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner First Novel Award), Leaving Brooklyn (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award), Balancing Acts, as well as two story collections. Her translation from Italian of Liana Millu's Smoke over Birkenau received the 1991 PEN Renato Poggiolo Award. She is presently a visiting professor in the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. Its programs and those of its 32 state affiliates are supported by private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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PR 96-150
ISSN 0731-3527

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