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Release: July 16, 1999

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

DAVENPORT READS JULY 26 -- Hawaiian novelist Kiana Davenport will read from her new novel, "Song of Exile," at 8 p.m. Monday, July 26 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Davenport's writing, which also includes the novel "Shark Dialogues," has been noted for its passionate portrayal of the complex history of her Polynesian/Asian roots.

In "Song of Exile" she writes about many exiles, including women forced into sexual slavery as "comfort women" by the Japanese military during World War II.

Elizabeth Haas wrote, "Powered by a strong investment in the unvoiced experiences of Asian women subjugated by the Japanese and the Hawaiians who gave themselves to their country unquestionably, Kiana Davenport makes literary history in 'Song of the Exile.' To absorb the lyricism of this book is also to learn the pidgin language of Hawaii's people and to fall in love with the beautiful land and traditions that make their islands sacred."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

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MUTEL READS JULY 27 -- Connie Mutel, staff historian for the University of Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research and the author of several books on environmental themes, will read from her new book, "Flowing Through Time: A History of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The work of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research has had impact on people around the world, from household plumbing fixtures to Tokyo's drainage system. Mutel's book traces nearly 80 years of the challenges faced by UI engineers, based on materials in the UI archives and interviews with the institutes staff members and families.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.