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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GIRARDI READS FEB. 4 -- Novelist Robert Girardi will read from his most recent book, "The Pirate's Daughter," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public.

The reading can also be heard as it happens on the "Live at Prairie Lights" series on WSUI radio, AM 910.

In addition to "The Pirate's Daughter," Girardi is the author of the highly acclaimed novel "Madeleine's Ghost."

About "Madeleine's Ghost," novelist Colin Harrison wrote, "Readers have waited too long for Robert Girardi's peculiar, mesmerizing genius. With the publication of 'Madeleine's Ghost' they may now experience his penchant for the grit and history of cities, for the beguiling passions that bind men and women, and, above all, for the hauntedness in all of us."

Girardi is a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop. Born in Virginia, he was raised in Athens, Greece; Paris; and the United States. As an adult he has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years in the punk scene. Now a resident of Washington, D.C., he writes every day in the Library of Congress.

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST HANSEN READS FEB. 7 -- Fiction writer Ron Hansen will read from his novel "Atticus," a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public.

The reading can be heard as it happens on the "Live at Prairie Lights" series on WSUI radio, AM 910.

Hansen is an alumnus and former faculty member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His other works include the novels "Mariette in Ecstasy," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "Desperadoes," and the short-story collection "Nebraska," for which he won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

He is the editor of the Contemporary American Stories anthology "You Don't Know What Love is" and is the editor, with Jim Shepard, of the anthology "You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories That Held Them in Awe."

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GUSTON FILM FEB. 12 -- "Philip Guston: A Life Lived," a film on the life and work of the artist, will be shown as part of the weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The film is shown in conjunction with the exhibition "Philip Guston: Working Through the Forties," on display at the museum through March 16.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Taped at Guston's retrospective in San Francisco in 1980 and in his Woodstock studio, the film captures Guston speaking candidly about painting and the psychological motivation behind his work.

Guston developed many of his ideas while he was an instructor at the UI School of Art and Art History in the early 1940s. Most of the pieces in the current exhibition trace the development of a romantic figurative style that influenced Guston's later work. Many of the paintings were created during Guston's tenure at the UI and have not been publicly displayed in decades.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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