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"Live from Prairie Lights" fall series begins Aug. 29

IOWA CITY -- Prairie Lights Book Store welcomes a host of local, national, and international writers this fall to read from their latest works on the radio show "Live from Prairie Lights."

This fall's series begins Aug. 29 with University of Iowa English professor

David Hamilton, editor of the "Iowa Review." Hamilton's reading will highlight the work of writers who have published in the "Iowa Review."

The fall lineup also includes acclaimed West Indian novelist Jamaica Kincaid reading from her new memoir about her brother who died of AIDS at the age of 33. Her reading will take place Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in Buchanan Auditorium.

All readings begin at 8 p.m. at Prairie Lights Book Store, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, unless otherwise noted. The readings are broadcast on WSUI (AM 910) in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and WOI (AM 640) in the Des Moines/Ames area.

The following is a schedule of readings this fall. Readings are subject to last-minute changes.

* Aug. 29, David Hamilton reads selected works from the "Iowa Review."

* Sept. 8, Thomas Lynch reads from his memoir The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.

* Sept. 9, Adrien Wing, UI law professor, reads from Critical Race Feminism, a book of essays about today's legal issues. Wing edited the volume, which includes essays written by Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, and Patricia Williams.

* Sept. 15, J. Robert Lennon reads from his first novel The Light of Falling Stars about the crash of a passenger plane and its effect on the lives of those left behind.

* Sept. 18, Marvin Bell, who holds the Flannery O'Connor Chair in the UI Writers' Workshop, reads from his new collection of poems Ardor. The reading will be in Shambaugh Auditorium.

* Sept. 19, Susie Moloney reads from A Dry Spell.

* Sept. 23, Susan Bordo discusses her new book Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J.

* Sept. 26, Lee Smith reads from her new book of short stories, News of the Spirit.

* Sept. 29, Carl Klaus reads from his second volume of garden essays published by the University of Iowa Press, Weathering Winter.

* Sept. 30, Joseph Skibell reads from A Blessing on the Moon.

* Oct. 2, Tim Miller, an actor, performance artist, and gay activist, will perform from his book of monologues Shirts and Skin.

* Oct. 3, Iowa City councilman Larry Baker reads from his first novel Flamingo Rising in Buchanan Auditorium.

* Oct. 6, Sandra Scofield reads from Plain Seeing.

* Oct. 7, Mary Helen Stefaniak reads from her new collection of short stories, Self Storage.

* Oct. 10, Pete Hautman reads from Ring Game.

* Oct. 13, Thom Swiss and Steven Cramer, members of the Writers' Workshop class of 1978, read from their new books Rough Cut and Dialogue for the Right and Left Hand.

* Oct. 15, George Rabasa reads from Floating Kingdom, a novel set on an imaginary island called Republica Libre de Seguilandia.

* Oct. 16, Deborah Eisenberg reads from her new collection of short stories All Around Atlantis.

* Oct. 17, Geoffrey O'Connor, a filmmaker who has traveled within and filmed the farthest reaches of the Amazon, will read from Amazon Journal: Dispatches from a Vanishing Frontier.

* Oct. 20, Doug Bauer reads from The Book of Famous Iowans, a book about growing up in a small town and losing one's dearest love.

* Oct. 23, Jonathan Raban, winner of last year's Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, reads from Bad Land, which describes the lives of homesteaders who settled on the rugged land in Montana and North Dakota.

* Oct. 27, Jamaica Kincaid reads from My Brother in Buchanan Auditorium.

* Oct. 28, Ann Patchett, a graduate of the Writers' Workshop, reads from The Magician's Assistant.

* Oct 29, John Mulligan reads from Shopping Cart Soldiers, a novel based on his own experiences as a homeless Vietnam veteran.

* Oct. 30, Reginald Shepherd reads from Angel Interrupted.

8/27/97