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Release: June 11, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

DEMARINIS READS JUNE 21 -- Fiction writer Rick DeMarinis will read from his new short-story compilation, "Borrowed Hearts," at 8 p.m. Monday, June 21 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.

The volume collects stories from numerous sources, including previous DeMarinis books now out of print. A "writers’ writer," DeMarinis writes dark tales that are often hilarious as well.

In one story a salesman simultaneously consoles and frightens a vulnerable housewife; then weasels his way in her door. In another a young man deals with the toxic spraying of his farm and its deadly effects on everything, including himself. And then there’s a 65-year-old who loses his sense of smell after an aneurysm — except for his ability to sniff the past.

Publishers Weekly observes, DeMarinis’ true territory, "is the isolation of men who yearn for a home that doesn't exist, boys who learned to be James Dean ... then grew up to discover there was no market for that facility."

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HOKANSON READS JUNE 24 -- Writer and photographer Drake Hokanson will read from "The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America," to mark the appearance of the work’s new edition from the University of Iowa Press, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 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.

Hokanson, a former UI journalism faculty member and head photographer for University Relations, traveled the length of America’s first transcontinental highway to prepare text and images for the volume.

A Booklist review raved, "Tracing the history and course of America’s first transcontinental automobile road, a masterly photographer and writer creates a classic of Americana...A lovely, lovable book, a work of art." William L. Withuhn, the curator of transportation for the Smithsonian Institution, wrote, "With his lively pen and lyric camera, Hokanson takes us on a journey of discovery. This is an important story, well researched and beautifully, perceptively told."