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October 4, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Details:
Reception & book signing afterwards
Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Free and open to the public
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Paul Engle Prize: Dina Nayeri

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dina Nayeri has been named the seventh recipient of the Paul Engle Prize.

Dina Nayeri, 2018 Paul Engle Prize Winner Dina Nayeri has been named the seventh recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization.

The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in the larger issues of the day has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts.

Nayeri will receive the prize, which includes a one-of-a-kind work of art and $10,000, during a special ceremony as part of the Iowa City Book Festival on October 4. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Afterwards join us for a reception, sponsored by the Coralville Public Library Foundation.

Nayeri is a novelist, essayist and activist who has written extensively about the life and challenges of refugees. She has published two novels. Her debut, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, was released in 2013 and translated to 14 foreign languages. Her second novel, Refuge, was released in 2017 and was a New York Times editor’s choice. Her acclaimed essay “The Ungrateful Refugee,” was published in The Guardian as a Long Read in 2017 and was anthologized in The Displaced, a collection edited by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Than Nguyen.

She holds a BA from Princeton, an MBA and Master of Education, both from Harvard, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow. She lives in London.

The Paul Engle Prize is made possible through the generous support of the City of Coralville, which is home to 11 permanent sculptures with artistic and literary ties to Iowa.