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Tobias Wolff (pictured), one of America's acknowledged masters of the short story form, says that the thrill in writing stories is "working the miracle, making life where there was none" in the space of a few pages. The author may be best known for his memoirs--This Boy's Life, the story of his precarious childhood in a small town north of Seattle (which was made into a movie starring Ellen Barkin, Robert De Niro and Leonardo Dicaprio), and In Pharoah's Army, about his stint as an army officer in Vietnam. Currently the UNC-Chapel Hill Morgan writer-in-residence, Wolff has won a PEN/Faulkner Award, an O. Henry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award. Hear him at a free public reading Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in UNC's Hill Hall Auditorium. Call 962-4283 for details.

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