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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ADRIAN READS FEB. 14 -- University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Chris Adrian will read from "Gob’s Grief," his first novel, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the 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.

Adrian’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares and Story. He is now in medical school in Virginia.

"Gob’s Grief" is based on Adrian’s short story "Every Night for a Thousand Years," which appeared in The New Yorker in 1997. The novel centers on Gob and Tomo Woodhull, fictional sons of 19th-century feminist and clairvoyant Victoria Woodhull.

Time Out New York’s John Freeman calls "Gob’s Grief" a "soulful, searching literary debut." A Library Journal review says the novel is "a ‘large,’ complex, thought-provoking work sure to arouse much discussion."

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ASKEW READS FEB. 15 -- Novelist Rilla Askew will read from her new novel, "Fire in Beulah," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the 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.

"Fire in Beulah" is Askew’s second novel. Her first novel, "The Mercy Seat," received the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Oklahoma Book Award in 1998. It was also nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. "Strange Business," a collection of connected stories, won the Oklahoma Book Award in 1993.

Askew’s short fiction has been selected for the O. Henry Awards, and she was a finalist for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 1991. She has taught at Syracuse University, Brooklyn College, the University of Oklahoma, Northeastern State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.