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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WHITEHEAD READS JAN. 20 -- African-American fiction writer Colson Whitehead will read from his first novel, "The Intuitionist," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The novel's visionary quality has been compared to the Terry Gilliam film "Brazil." Critic Jonathan Lethem wrote, "The care and confidence of the prose, the visionary metaphor beating like a heart at the center -- these do not outweigh the poignance and the humor, the human presence here."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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FERRE READS JAN. 21 -- Puerto Rican fiction writer Rosario Ferre, whose first novel was nominated for the National Book Award, will read from her new book, "Eccentric Neighborhoods," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Eccentric Neighborhoods" is the story of two families as they intertwine over generations. The Library Journal's review stated, "One admires Ferre's ferocious ingenuity and energy as she depicts a society and century in flux."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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PRAIRIE LIGHTS READING JAN. 25 -- Fiction writer Maria Amparo Escandon, who was born in Mexico but now lives in Los Angeles, will read from her new novel, "Esperanza's Book of Saints," at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

A touching and humorous narrative in the tradition of "Like Water for Chocolate," the novel was described by John Sayles as "an enormously compassionate work about a woman who wrestles with her own faith and emerges victorious."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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STRACHER SCRATCHES LEGAL UNDERBELLY JAN. 26 -- University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Cameron Stracher will read from his new memoir, "Double Billing," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Stracher is also a graduate of the Harvard Law School, and his memoir is subtitled "A Young Lawyer's Tale of Greed, Sex, Lies, and the Pursuit of a Swivel Chair."

He is also the author of the novel "Laws of Return," which he began as a short story while he was a Writers' Workshop student.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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PERSPECTIVES, JAN. 27 -- Willard Boyd, University of Iowa professor of law, former director of the Field Museum in Chicago and past president of the UI, will speak on "Reinventing Museums" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the UI Museum of Art.

This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Boyd will share his experiences and discerning views in a redefinition of the roles museums will play as the new millennium approaches.

Boyd commented, "as the 21st century approaches, museums are going to have to take a step back and re-evaluate the issues confronting them. As collectors of art, they will have to find new ways to better serve their communities, different strategies to help expand their support bases of constituents and friends, and discover new roles to play as educational centers of the new millennium."

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. the day of Boyd's talk. Admission is free.

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LANDSMAN READS JAN. 29 -- South African fiction writer Anne Landsman will read from her new novel, "The Devil's Chimney," at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

This multi-layered, magical-realist tale of the historic ostrich-feather trade tackles issues ranging from lust to racial conflict with what critic Andre Brink called "an intensity of imagination that lights up the dark places behind the world and the history we think we know."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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