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3/23/04

Novelist Wayne Johnson and Poet Karen Subach Present Reading and Book Signing

Salt Lake City-March 23, 2004-Novelist Wayne Johnson will present a reading and book signing Wednesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake Public Library. Johnson is currently Writer-in-Residence at Westminster College teaching creative writing and fiction writing. His wife, poet and fiction writer Karen Subach, will also present her work.

Johnson has published critically acclaimed novels, starting with The Snake Game, which was a London Times bestseller. Don't Think Twice (1999) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Six Crooked Highways (2000) was chosen as a "Booksellers Summer Bestseller." His current novel out last month, The Devil You Know, is quickly receiving national praise. Booklist commented that Johnson "manages the dazzling feat of surrounding his mythic confrontation with a human drama, the coming-of-age of a troubled teenager, that is as subtly realistic as the battle with evil is archetypally grand." Johnson has been the recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Transatlantic Review award and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He currently has projects in development with major film studios, and his screenplays have been finalists for the Sundance Film Festival.

Poet and fiction writer Subach has a background in languages and medieval literature. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Oxford, Subach has been a resident at Yaddo and a scholar for the Poets in Person series. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The American Poetry Review, New Letters and the North American Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her manuscript, Into the Mirror, was a finalist for both the Walt Whitman and Yale Younger Poets Awards. She is currently working on a novel.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.