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Release: Nov. 10, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HANCHER SHOWCASE SETS HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS -- The Showcase, the arts-oriented gift shop located in the lobby of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, has set special expanded hours for holiday shopping.

In addition to its hours in conjunction with events in the auditorium, the showcase will be open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (with the Thanksgiving exception of Nov. 22-23), starting immediately and continuing through Dec. 21.

The Showcase is operated by the Hancher Guild volunteer organization, with proceeds supporting Hancher’s arts education programs. New merchandise arrives regularly.

For additional information about the Showcase, contact Hancher at 319-335-1130.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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NISSEN READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 20 -- Fiction writer Thisbe Nissen, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from "Out of the Girls’ Room and Into the Night," her first collection of short stories, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Out of the Girls’ Room and Into the Night" captured the 1999 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, which is awarded by the Writers’ Workshop. Nissen’s collection has become one of the most popular books of fiction published by the University of Iowa Press. Random House is publishing the paperback version of the book.

A New York native, Nissen is a graduate of Oberlin College and a former James Michener fellow at the UI. Her stories have appeared in Story, the Sycamore Review and Seventeen Magazine. She is working on a novel, "The Good People of New York," which will be published by Knopf.

UI Writers’ Workshop professor Marilynne Robinson, who judged the Iowa Short Fiction Awards in 1999, says, "There is great originality and great freedom in Thisbe Nissen’s approach to her subject, a kind of classicism in her lucid and compassionate interest in the ways of this present world." Amanda Eyre Ward, in a review for the Austin Chronicle, calls Nissen’s first book "an awe-inspiring collection of short stories."

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

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.