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Release: June 4, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WUORI READS JUNE 14 -- Illinois writer G.K. Wuori will read from his new short-story collection, "Nude in a Tub: Stories of Quillafarkeag, Maine," at 8 p.m. Monday, June 14 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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.

A Boston Phoenix review stated, "Wuori -- who's worked at more than a dozen jobs, from gas-station manager to Avis rental clerk to seminary dean to carpenter's apprentice -- captures Quillifarkeag's feel so well it's a gas." And critic Steven Dixon wrote, "This is fine, funny, often disturbing … It reminds me of early John Irving."

Wuori was born in DeKalb, Ill., where he attended Northern Illinois University. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from Purdue University and began writing in college, but after finishing his education, he stopped writing for 20 years.

During that time, one of his experiences was time spent in a small Maine town. Of the town of the title he writes that it is not merely a location, but "also a state of mind, one marked by innocence and regret, by guile and sympathy."

"The people there will let you into their lives -- but not very far. This has less to do with selfishness than it does with fear. Go too far inside and things start to echo, people get close. Honesty becomes negotiable. Bare all and someone still might say, ‘Were you naked or nude?’ It's an important distinction. In a small place like Quilli, the naked truth is hurtful. The nude truth is not so bad."

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HENLEY READS JUNE 15 -- Writer Patricia Henley, a faculty member in the creative writing program at Purdue University, will read from her new novel, "Hummingbird House," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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.

"Hummingbird House" chronicles the experiences of an American woman caring for the children of war in Nicaragua.

Filmmaker John Sayles wrote, "Patricia Henley's ‘Hummingbird House’ is a strong, deeply—felt novel of those American soldiers of misfortune who offer their lives in service to the Third World, often coming to realize that the only power they really have is the power to care. A heartbreaking book."

Henley spent five months traveling in Central America and southern Mexico while writing "Hummingbird House." She has published two collections of stories, "Friday Night at Silver Star" and "The Secret of Cartwheels," and a book of poems, "Back Roads." Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

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DANA AND FRIENDS READ FROM WRITERS’ WORKSHOP ANTHOLOGY JUNE 17 Poet Bob Dana, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and an emeritus faculty member at Cornell College, will read from the memoir anthology he edited, "A Community of Writers: Paul Engle and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop," at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

The free reading, sponsored by the Writers’ Workshop and the Prairie Lights bookstore, 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.

Dana will be joined in the reading by two workshop veterans, William Cotter Murray and Donald Justice. Justice, who graduated from the workshop in the 1950s, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry while a faculty member of the workshop. Murray was recently cited by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in a New York Times article as one of the most effective teachers at the workshop in the 1960s.

"A Community of Writers," published by the University of Iowa Press, features pieces by Justice, Murray and Vonnegut and other prominent writers including James B. Hall, R. V. Cassill, Robert Bly, Marvin Bell, Bharati Mukherjee, W. D. Snodgrass, Philip Levine, Charles Wright, Hualing Nieh and Gail Godwin.

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HUBBARD READS JUNE 18 -- Philip Hubbard, a longtime University of Iowa faculty member and administrator, will read from his memoir, "My Iowa Journey: The Life Story of the University of Iowa's First Tenured African-American Professor," at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Among Hubbard's posts during his long and distinguished UI career were vice president for student services and chair of the Iowa Center for the Arts Council. The recreation field by the Iowa Memorial Union is named in his honor.

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 and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.