CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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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 "Gobs 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.
Adrians fiction has appeared in The New Yorker,
the Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares and Story. He is now in medical school
"Gobs Grief" is based on Adrians
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 Yorks John Freeman calls "Gobs
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 Askews 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.
Askews 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.