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Release: Nov. 9, 1999

UI Press short fiction award winners to read at Prairie Lights

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Press and Prairie Lights Bookstore are sponsoring a fiction reading by authors Thisbe Nissen and Nancy Reisman at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City.

The readings will be broadcast live over WSUI Public Radio, a service of the University of Iowa, on WSUI AM91O and WOI AM640.

Nissen, the winner of the 1999 Simmons Short Fiction Award, will read from her book of 25 short stories, "Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night." Publisher's Weekly described the book as a "bittersweet collection of…fierce and quirky short stories…Nissen displays a sharp talent for fresh detail and dialogue…"

Nissen, who now lives in West Liberty, Iowa, is a graduate from the UI's Writers' Workshop.

Reisman, who was awarded the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award, plans to read from "House Fires," a collection of 11 short stories that takes a closer look at the way men and women are shaped by private and family histories.

Reisman attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned a master's degree in fine arts. She has received several fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Reisman currently is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

For more information about the authors and other scheduled readings, refer to the UI Press Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~uipress or Prairie Light's Web site at www.prairielights.com.