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Release: Oct. 24, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

REGISTER READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ OCT. 26 -- Cheri Register reads from her memoir "Packinghouse Daughter" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 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.

The opening chapter of "Packinghouse Daughter" was cited as a "Notable Essay" in "Best American Essays 1996." Other excerpts of the book, which recalls the 1959 meatpackers’ strike that divided Register’s hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota, have appeared in The Hungry Mind Review, the University of Chicago Magazine and the book "Is Academic Feminism Dead?" Register’s other books include "Living with Chronic Illness: Days of Patience and Passion" and "’Are Those Kids Yours?’: American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries."

Carol Bly says "Packinghouse Daughter" is "a treat -- a big, good-tempered, rich, personal and public memoir of a labor family." Scott Russell Sanders calls it "a lively, lucid memoir."

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>.

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PLUMLY READS OCT. 27 -- Poet Stanley Plumly, a former professor in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, reads from his new collection "Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 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.

Plumly’s collection "Out-of-the-Body Travel" won the William Carlos Williams Award and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "In the Outer Dark" won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. His other books include "The Marriage in the Trees," "Boy on the Step," "Summer Celestial," and "Giraffe."

A former editor of the Iowa Review, Plumly has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at numerous institutions, including Louisiana State University, Ohio University, Princeton, Columbia, Michigan, Houston and the UI.

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>.

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DALLAS READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 1 -- Sandra Dallas will read from her new novel "Alice’s Tulips" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.1, 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.

Dallas’s previous novels include "The Persian Pickle Club," "Buster Midnight’s Cafe" and "The Diary of Mattie Spenser."

Publisher’s Weekly says "Alice’s Tulips" is a "cozy, suspense-driven epistolary novel." Writing for The Rocky Mountain News, Alan Dumas called "The Diary of Mattie Spencer" "a wonderfully vivid portrait of frontier life."

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>.