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Release: Aug. 31, 2001

Andreasen, Searcy and Young Bear to read on 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 5-7 on WSUI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Upcoming "Live from Prairie Lights" readings feature noted UI psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Andreasen, plus mystery writer David Searcy and poet, fiction writer, and essayist Ray Young Bear.

The readings, broadcast on University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI, 910 AM are free and open to the public at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

-- Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, will read from her new book, "Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome" Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.

The book is a state-of-the-art look at what is known about the human brain and the human genome -- and shows how these two vast branches of knowledge are coming together in an effort to conquer mental illness.

"We have entered the golden age of neuroscience and if you read this fascinating and accessible book, you will know why," said Frank Conroy, director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Her previous book, "Broken Brain" was the first to describe the importance of neurobiology to understanding mental illness.

-- David Searcy will read from his first novel, "Ordinary Horror" Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The book tells the story of Frank Delabano, a 70-year-old widower who lives in a quiet tract house neighborhood where he keeps to himself, tending the flowerbeds in his small backyard. When his beloved roses are menaced by a mysterious burrowing pest, Delabano sends away for an organic remedy he sees advertised in the local paper: gopherbane, an exotic South American plant guaranteed to get rid of garden varmints but "harmless to pets and everything else." The strange plants do the trick, but the claim about their being harmless to everything else proves to be false.

"David Searcy is truly a remarkable writer, as unsettling as Borges. Once you've entered this story you won't be able to unimagine it," said Russell Hoban, author of "Riddley Walker."

-- Poet, fiction writer, and essayist Ray Young Bear from the Meskwaki community in Tama will read from "The Rock Island Hiking Club," his new book of poems published by the University of Iowa Press on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001 at 8 p.m.

The UI Press says the narrator in his latest collection of poems "is the alter ego and spiritual seeker Edgar Bearchild, who balances the hapless polarities of life in the Black Eagle Child Settlement with wry humor, a powerful intelligence, and the occasional designer drug. Bearchild is forever influenced by tribal history, animism, supernaturalism, religion, and mythology."

Young Bear, who has attended the UI and taught at the UI, is also the author of "Winter of the Salamander," "The Invisible Musician," "Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives" and "Remnants of the First Earth."