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Release: May 14, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

JULIAN BARNES READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MAY 26 -- British novelist Julian Barnes will read from his new book "England, England" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast live on "Live from Prairie Lights," which originates from University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Salman Rushdie called Barnes's new book "Brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic and a delight to read. Barnes's books . . . celebrate the human imagination, the human heart, the boisterous diversity of our gene pool, our activities, our delusions . . .They thrill the mind and the emotions; and he achieves, without tricks or puns, what Nabokov loved: aesthetic bliss."

Barnes is the author of nine books, including, "Flaubert's Parrot," "Staring at the Sun" and "A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters."

He has won both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina, and in 1988 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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MURRAY SPERBER READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MAY 27 -- Murray Sperber will read from his new book "Onward to Victory: The Creation of Modern College Sports" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

"Murray Sperber is the conscience of American sports. In comparison, most of the superstar journalists who critique college sports sound timid, compromised, or plain uninformed," said Allen Barra of ESPN Magazine.

Michael Oriard, author of "Reading Football," called Sperber's book, "Part history, part cultural study, part indictment, [it] will inform, entertain and provoke anyone seriously interested in understanding college sports. It is the best book ever written, not just on the disparity between college sports' public image and its darker reality, but also on the specific ways in which that disparity was created."

Sperber is the author of two previous books, "Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football," and "College Sports, Inc." He is a professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640.

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DOROTHY ALLISON READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MAY 28 -- Writer Dorothy Allison will read from her most recent book, "Cavedweller," at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

"Allison uses strong, direct language to explore the fragile and tangled emotions between love and hate. It is what makes her characters live on the page," a Los Angeles Times review observed.

A Baltimore Sun review said the book, "Introduces a new cast of indomitable women. … Powerful . . . Sassy . . . Knowing." And Newsweek said the book is "Rich and involving. Its generous vision of the world stays with you."

Allison is the author of five other books, including "The Women Who Hate Me," and "Bastard Out of Carolina."

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.