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Release: June 16, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP ALUMNUS RINEHART READS JUNE 26 -- Fiction writer Steven Rinehart, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Kick in the Head," his debut short-story collection, at 8 p.m. Monday, June 26 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

"Rinehart's debut collection of stories is a raw look at men on the fringes, who despite a general inability to connect with their fellow humans on any real emotional level, are, in their own way, intensely feeling and honest people," Larry Weissman wrote. "Bizarre, and just a little bit creepy, the stories in 'Kick in the Head' mark the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer."

Former Writers' Workshop faculty member Francine Prose wrote, "Readers who just can't understand men, or who think they know everything about men, or who happen to be men, will all learn something new about men (and women) from Steven Rinehart's sharp, funny, original, perceptive and dazzlingly honest stories."

Andrew Santella wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "Rinehart has a talent for entering his stories in midstream, then revealing in small, unsettling ways just how badly things have already unraveled for his characters."

Rinehart, who won a Michener Fellowship at the UI and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, has seen his stories published in a variety of magazines, including Harper's, GQ, Story and Ploughshares. He has returned to the UI to teach in the Summer Writing Festival.

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UI LAW FACULTY MEMBER LINDER READS TRANSLATION JUNE 27 -- Marc Linder, a faculty member in the University of Iowa College of Law, will read from his new translation of "The Fishermen," the 1928 Danish novel by Hans Kirk, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Linder first encountered the book, Denmark's all-time best-selling novel, when he was teaching there 25 years ago. The book has been translated into a dozen languages, but has never been translated into English, and ever since his return to the United States, Linder has dreamed of introducing the novel to English-language readers.

"The Fishermen" describes the lives of a small group of pietistic Danish fishing families who migrate from peril and destitution on the North Sea coast for better lives on an inland fjord in eastern Jutland. In their new home they confront a variety of sexual, economic, religious and legal conflicts with the established, less dogmatic Lutheran population.

Linder specializes in labor law and is the author of books including "Of Cabbages and Kings County," "European Labor Aristocracies," "Migrant Workers and Minimum Wages: Regulating the Exploitation of Agricultural Labor in the United States" and "Void Where Prohibited," a 1998 book about factory workers' bathroom rights. Linder represented migrant farm workers at Texas Rural Legal Aid for seven years.

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LESLEY READS JUNE 29 -- Pacific Northwest novelist/essayist Craig Lesley will read from his new novel, "Storm Riders," at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

A Cleveland Plain Dealer review asserted, "Lesley skillfully weaves a powerful novel of a father and son in the Northwest, where the harsh reality of present day circumstances mixes with a rich tribal past." A Kirkus Reviews critique described the book as "an extraordinarily moving tale from Lesley of an idealistic Caucasian father's agonizing relationship with his adopted son, a Tlingit Indian boy cursed with fetal alcohol syndrome and an abusive childhood."

Lesley's novels include "Winterkill," "River Song" and "The Sky Fisherman," which was a regional best-seller, won the Pacific Northwest 1996 Book Award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The winner of both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at Clackamas Community College in Oregon.

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UI WRITERS' WORKSHOP GRADUATE BERRY READS JUNE 30 -- Fiction writer Ralph Berry, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his "Dictionary of Modern Anguish" at 8 p.m. Friday, June 30 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

"Dictionary of Modern Anguish" has been described as "Fourteen enactments of radical undoing . . . Reviews of unwritten novels, prefaces to fraudulent books, narratives of dictionary entries, and one interminable sentence, all written in a style as strewn with landmines as everyday speech."

Berry is the author of the novel "Leonardo's Horse," a 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and his short fiction collection "Plane Geometry and Other Affairs of the Heart" won the 1984 Fiction Collective Award.

Berry, who teaches at Florida State University, is a faculty member this summer in the UI Summer Writing Festival.