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Release: June 18, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

LICHTENBERG READS JUNE 28 -- University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Greg Lichtenberg will read from his new memoir, "Playing Catch with My Mother," at 8 p.m. Monday, June 28 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 radio AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

Lichtenberg's book reflects on a childhood in a non-traditional household. "Lichtenberg speaks for sons of the gender wars, who must find their way to manhood through a minefield of collapsing families and contradictions," explains one summary.

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PANEK READS JUNE 29 -- University of Iowa alumnus Richard Panek will read from "Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29 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 radio AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

In "Seeing and Believing" Panek combines elements of philosophy, politics, literature and religion into a narrative that chronicles mankind's humbling journey into a universe infinitely more vast than was previously imagined. Beginning with Galileo in the 17th century, Panek describes the larger-than-life characters who pushed human knowledge forward, the development of telescopic technology, and the impact of new astronomical information of humans' concepts of themselves and their universe.

Writer Mary Gordon commented, "Richard Panek writes with such elegance and clarity that 'Seeing and Believing' is not only an intellectual adventure, but an experience of play and pleasure."

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AGEE READS JULY 1 -- University of Iowa alumna Jonis Agee will read from her new novel, "The Weight of Dreams," at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 1 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 radio AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

Agee's previous works include "Strange Angels," "Sweet Eyes," "Pretend We've Never Met," "Bend This Heart," "A .38 Special and A Broken Heart" and "South of Resurrection." She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in fiction and a Loft-McNight Award of Distinction. Three of her books were named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times.

Critic Keith Taylor wrote, "Some novelists build their stories around plot, others around characters. Jonis Agee builds her novels upon the small but luminous details." And a critique in the New York Times Book Review called Agee "a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape."