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Release: Feb. 21, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CHEN READS FEB. 28 -- Chinese expatriate Da Chen will read from "Colors of the Mountain," his account of his experiences during China's recent upheavals, at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Lisa See, author of "On Gold Mountain," says "Da Chen has written a remarkable coming-of-age memoir filled with humiliation, revenge, vindication and, ultimately, pride. Born with the wretched political birthmark of being a landlord's son, he has looked back at his life without cynicism or self-pity. 'Colors of the Mountain' is a book of great dignity."

Gus Lee, author of "China Boy," writes, "The Cultural Revolution has Da Chen in its sights, but the lad dances a Huckleberry scamp down the Dong Jing River. Earthy and literate, picaresque and humanist, Chen spins a winning story from bold, golden strands."

Da Chen is a graduate of Columbia University Law School, which he attended on full scholarship. He is a brush calligrapher and also plays the classical bamboo flute.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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MORROW READS MARCH 2 -- Cult science fiction writer James Morrow, author of "Towing Jehovah" and "Blameless In Abaddon," will read from his new novel, "The Eternal Footman," at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Tom Robbins writes, "Any novel that springs from a sparkling intellect rather than a dreary neurosis is cause for celebration, and 'The Eternal Footman' with its load of truth and laughter justifies a considerable quantity of champagne."

Morrow says: "'The Eternal Footman' presents my vision of a 'post-theistic' world. I tried to imagine Western civilization coping with God's decision to make us shed our dependence on him."

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.