Eastwood's next film to recount Iwo Jima battle

TOKYO - Tokyo's nationalist governor had one request for Clint Eastwood before he starts shooting his next film, about the World War II battle at Iwo Jima: Respect the fallen soldiers.

Eastwood, who is expected to begin shooting an adaptation of James Bradley's ''Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima'' later this year, met Wednesday with Shintaro Ishihara.

He asked the actor-director to avoid ''sacred'' sites of the dead if he films on the island, Tokyo metropolitan government spokesman Katsumi Kumagai said. Eastwood replied that he would ''absolutely not'' trample on Japanese feelings, he said.

Writers' Workshop director dies at 69

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Frank Conroy, the memoirist and longtime director of the celebrated University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, died Wednesday at 69, according to a colleague.

Conroy died at his home in Iowa City of colon cancer, said James Alan McPherson, acting co-director of the workshop. ''Frank took a great program and made it an extraordinary one,'' McPherson said.

Conroy won literary praise with his 1967 book ''Stop Time,'' an impressionistic memoir about his youth in Brooklyn that was nominated for a National Book Award before he turned 30.

Honored author Saul Bellow dies

NEW YORK - Saul Bellow, the Nobel Prize-winning author of ''Herzog,'' ''Humboldt's Gift'' and other essential tales of memory, chaos and the sensitive soul in 20th century America, has died.

Bellow's close friend and attorney, Walter Pozen, said the 89-year-old writer had been in declining health, but was ''wonderfully sharp to the end.'' Pozen said Bellow's wife, Janis, and daughter, Naomi, were at his side when he died at his home Tuesday in Brookline, Mass.

Few writers have been so honored in their time. He won three National Book Awards: in 1954 for ''The Adventures of Augie March,'' in 1965 for ''Herzog'' and in 1971 for ''Mr. Sammler's Planet.'' In 1976, he won the Pulitzer Prize for ''Humboldt's Gift.'' That same year Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize.

- From wire reports