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Release: June 8, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HALL READS JUNE 18 -- Playwright, actress and fiction writer Sands Hall, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the UI department of theatre arts, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Monday, June 18 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Hall has been a featured cast member in the UI professional theater company, Iowa Summer Rep, and this summer she is a faculty member in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Her work includes the novel "Catching Heaven," the play "Fair Use" and stage adaptations of "Little Women" and Pulitzer-winning UI alum Wallace Stegner’s "Angle of Repose." The paperback edition of "Catching Heaven" will hit store shelves at the end of July.

Hall has taught in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the University of California, Davis, Extension Programs, and she writes, acts and directs for the Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City, Calif.

For more information about this event, call Prairie Lights at 337-2681.

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QUEENAN READS JUNE 19 -- Critic and humorist Joe Queenan, whose "My Goodness: A Cynic’s Short-Lived Search for Sainthood" will appear in paperback in July, will read at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

An article in the New York Times Book Review described Queenan’s new offering as "The year’s most sinfully rewarding guilty pleasure."

Hyperion Books provides this description: "Years upon years of being unspeakably nasty to icons as diverse as Jimmy Carter, Barbra Streisand, and even Mother Nature herself had taken its toll on Joe Queenan. The man all editors turned to when they needed a book, film, or TV program savaged was tired of being so mean. He wanted to be more like Susan Sarandon. Or Sting. Determined to mend his ways, Queenan embarked on the most difficult task of his career: he decided to become a nice person."

Queenan has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Spy, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Time, Newsweek, Playboy, Barron’s. Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a contributing editor at GQ and Movieline.

He has been a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Today," "Good Morning America," "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," and "The Late Late Show," and is a regular guest on "Politically Incorrect" and the radio program "Imus in the Morning."

Queenan’s other books are "Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation," "Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon: Joe Queenan’s America," "If You’re Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble: Movies, Mayhem, and Malice" "The Unkindest Cut: How a Hatchet-Man Critic Made His Own $7,000 Movie and Put It All on His Credit Card" and "Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler: Celluloid Tirades and Escapades."

For more information about this event, call Prairie Lights at 337-2681.

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GRUNST READS JUNE 21 -- Poet Robert Grunst, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Of Grunst’s book "The Smallest Bird in North America," which was released in paperback last fall, Iowa poet and playwright Mary Swander wrote, "With the observational eye of Charles Darwin and the soul of John Muir, Robert Grunst is a first-rate naturalist. He takes us on a journey of the flora and fauna of his life in the Midwest and West, from the orchards of Michigan, to the waves of Lake Superior, to the grasses of Wyoming. Grunst focuses on the small object -- the smelt, the bat, the morning glory, the peach and the pickled pear -- to open up the larger vistas of his landscapes. ‘The Smallest Bird in North America’ flies an intricate course, carries us a long distance."

Grunst has published many essays focusing on the language, culture, and history of Great Lakes commercial fishing. He is the associate professor of English at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

His poems have appeared in Flyway, the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner and the Crab Orchard Review.

For more information about this event, call Prairie Lights at (319) 337-2681.