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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES SEPT. 13 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by Russian writer Anastasia Sergeyevna Gosteva and poet Michael Dumanis at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Gosteva was the recent recipient of the prestigious First Award from the Moscow journal Znamya for her short novel "Samurai's Daughter," which is forthcoming from the Moscow English-language magazine Glas. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Smena, Arion and Chemistry and Life.

Gosteva was educated in the physics department of the Moscow State University, and she currently works in the international office of Barin's Realty Company.

Dumanis is a second-year graduate student in the Writers' Workshop.

The IWP is a unique residency program that each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 19 writers from 18 countries will spend three months at the UI.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Andrea Sergeyevna Gosteva is pronounced /ahnah STAH seeyah/ / sayr gay YEF nah/ /goh say YEF nah/.)

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HOWARD NORMAN WILL READ AT UI SEPT. 14 -- Novelist Howard Norman will read from his new book "The Museum Guard" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in Buchanan auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Norman, whose novels "The Northern Lights" and "The Bird Artist" were National Book Award finalists, received the Lannan Award for fiction in 1997.

The free reading will be broadcast live on WSUI-AM 910 and WOI-AM 640 as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series.

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JOYCE MAYNARD WILL READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS SEPT. 15 -- Novelist Joyce Maynard will read from her new memoir "At Home in the World" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Maynard began publishing stories in her teens, which led to a correspondence with reclusive author J.D. Salinger. "At Home in the World" is an account of Maynard's personal life, her formation as a writer and the details behind her affair with Salinger in his New Hampshire hideaway.

Maynard's other books include "Where Love Goes," "To Die For," "Domestic Affairs," "Baby Love" and "Looking Back." She's been published in the New York Times and Parenting magazine, and she is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

The free reading will be broadcast live on WSUI-AM 910 and WOI-AM 640, the public radio stations of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series.

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PERSPECTIVES PROGRAM SEPT. 16 -- Frederick Smith, associate professor of Asian languages and literature at the University of Iowa, will give a gallery talk at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the UI Museum of Art.

Smith's talk, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, is presented in conjunction with the current museum exhibition "Contemporary Indian Miniature Painting." All Perspectives programs are free and open to the public.

The small format of the contemporary Indian paintings on display in the UI Museum of Art derives from a tradition of manuscript illustration reaching back to the 11th-century. Functioning largely as book illustrations, or as single images to be included in albums and other assemblages, traditional Indian miniature paintings were meant to be viewed close at hand rather than placed on walls. In India, the appropriate wall embellishment was the mural -- sweeping in concept and broadly brushed -- rather than the small paintings.

The works on display in the UI Museum of Art, however, are part of a contemporary Indian art movement in which small paintings are displayed on the walls of their owner's homes -- an indication of the vast influence of foreign patrons and modern exhibition practice on Indian art.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc., of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 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. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission 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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SUSAN TAYLOR CHEHAK WILL READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS SEPT. 16 -- Novelist Susan Taylor Chehak, a native of Cedar Rapids, will read from her new book, "Rampage," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is sponsored by Prairie Lights and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

"Rampage" is the story of a family struggling to hold itself together, and it "illustrates the harsh innate purity of violence in pursuit of home and belonging," critic Maria Flook wrote.

Chehak, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, has published several other novels, including "Smithereens" and "Dancing on Glass." She now lives in California. The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI-AM 910 and WOI-AM 640 as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series.

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BRITISH LORD SIR RICHARD ACTON WILL READ SEPT. 17 -- Sir Richard Acton, a resident of Cedar Rapids, will read from his book "A Brit Among the Hawkeyes," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the University of Iowa campus.

A member of British House of Lords, Acton in his latest book has collected essays and letters detailing his relationships with local Iowans. Acton also wrote "To Go Free: A Treasury of Iowa's Legal History."

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI-AM 910 and WOI-AM 640 as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series.

9/4/98