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Fiction Writer Andrea Barrett, U.Va.'S Rea Visiting Writer, To Speak At University Bookstore March 2 And 4

Feb. 25, 1999 -- National Book Award-winning writer Andrea Barrett will be at the University of Virginia the week of March 1 as the Rea Visiting Writer in Fiction. Barrett will give an informal talk on the craft of historical fiction -- "The Secrets of the Angel of History" -- on March 2. She will read from her latest novel, "The Voyage of the Narwhal," on March 4. Both events will take place in the U.Va. Bookstore at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Barrett's new novel, published last year by W.W. Norton, is set in the 1850s and follows the Narwhal, a ship on a mission to rescue or recover the remains of the lost crew of Sir John Franklin's legendary arctic expedition. It is "one of the best novels of the decade," according to Kirkus Reviews, which also notes that Barrett's continuing growth as a writer "may well be one of the most interesting literary developments of the '90s."

Barrett, born in 1965, received the National Book Award in 1996 for "Ship Fever, and Other Stories." Her other works include "The Forms of Water" (Pocket Books, 1993); "The Middle Kingdom" (Pocket Books, 1991); "Secret Harmonies" (Delacorte, 1989); and "Lucid Stars" (Dell, 1988).

The Rea Visiting Writer program in U.Va.'s English department is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation and the Henry Hoyns Fund. During their visits, Rea visiting writers work with students in the department's Creative Writing Program.

For more information about Barrett's visit, call Lisa Russ Spaar, director of U.Va.'s Creative Writing Program, at (804) 924-6675. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.

Contact: Rebecca Arrington, (804) 924-7189.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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