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Release: June 29, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PULVER READS JULY 9 -- Monica Ferris, a.k.a. Mary Monica Pulver et al, will read from her new Betsy Devonshire needlepoint mystery "Unraveled Sleeve" at 8 p.m. Monday, July 9, 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 University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Writing as Margaret of Shaftesbury, Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Pulver Kuhfeld and Margaret Frazer -- as well as current nom de plume Monica Ferris -- this busy Minnesota author has published books including "The Seven Deadly Sins," "Original Sin," "Knight Fall," "The Novice's Tale," "the Servant's Tale," "The Outlaw's Tale," "The Bishop's Tale," "The Boy's Tale," "Murder at the War," "The Murderer's Tale," "Ashes to Ashes," "Show Stopper," "A Specialist in Dragons," "The Unforgiving Minutes," "Framed in Lace," "A Stitch in Time" and "Crewel World."

Another Monica Ferris book in the Betsy Devonshire series, "A Murderous Yarn," is forthcoming.

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

For information on UI arts events, visit http://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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TANNENBAUM READS JULY 10 -- Teacher and writer Judith Tannenbaum will read from her memoir "Disguised as a Poem," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 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 University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

"Disguised as a Poem" describes Tannenbaum's experiences teaching writing to prisoners at California's infamous San Quentin Penitentiary. During her three years of visits to the prison her students compiled books of poems, were involved in a production of "Waiting for Godot" and read their work on the radio.

Tannenbaum wrote in her introduction, "During my years at the prison, I watched these men live their lives behind locked gates and cell bars; what I witnessed, as well as what I myself experienced, taught me as much about what it is to be a human being as I taught my students about poetry."

Donna Seaman wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist, "As she chronicles her demanding routines and indelible revelations in this realm of caged bodies and blazing souls, she articulates her belief that creativity is our birthright, no matter where we reside, and describes the liberating power of poetry as experienced by her students, men who have committed crimes but who write poems of heart-jolting beauty and insight."

Tannenbaum is the author of "Teeth Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades," "The World Saying Yes," four poetry chapbooks and a portfolio of her poems. She is the training coordinator with San Francisco's WritersCorps program."

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

For information on UI arts events, visit http://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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KRUEGER READS JULY 12 -- Mystery writer William Kent Krueger will read from his recent novel "Purgatory Ridge: A Cork O'Connor Mystery" at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 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 University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Krueger's previous fiction includes the novels "Iron Lake" and "Boundary Waters."

Critic Otto Penzler wrote, "William Kent Krueger writes the kind of novels mystery lovers love to read: well-written, both character- and plot-driven, with tense scenes and surprise endings."

Krueger has been the winner of the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

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

For information on UI arts events, visit http://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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COLLINS READS JULY 13 -- Prolific Iowa writer Max Allan Collins, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his latest work at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, 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.

Collins, who lives in Muscatine, is best known from his detective fiction, including the recent "Angel in Black." His novels include extensions of the Dick Tracy and Mike Hammer series, as well as stories featuring his own heroic creations; "Angel in Black" is part of his popular Nathan Heller series.

He scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip for more than 15 years, and his "Ms. Tree" series became the longest-running comic-book private eye series in history. In addition to his movie novelizations, he wrote and directed "Mommy" and "Mommy's Day," two low-budget cinema thrillers, and the documentary "Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane."

A winner of numerous awards in the detective-fiction genre, Collins has also been the president of the Private Eye Writers of America.

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

For information on UI arts events, visit http://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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SUMMER REP READING JULY 15 -- The Iowa Summer Rep festival of comedies by Canada's most popular English-language playwright, George F. Walker, will present a staged reading of "Problem Child" at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Like "Risk Everything," one of the fully staged productions in the festival, "Problem Child" is part of Walker's "Suburban Motel" sextet of comedies that are set in the same seedy motel room. Two of the characters that will be familiar to theatergoers who have seen "Risk Everything," Denise and RJ Reynolds, are central characters in "Problem Child."

She's a recovering addict, he just got out of prison and together they are attempting to retrieve their child from foster care. Social workers snatched their child from them following a complaint by Denise's mother, Carol, who, as audience members of "Risk Everything" can attest, has problems of her own.

The reading of "Problem Child," directed by UI Department of Theatre Arts graduate student William Barbour, contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at (319) 335-2700 for additional information.

The few remaining tickets for "Problem Child" are $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher Auditorium box office. If any tickets remain at performance time, they will be available at the Theatre Building box office.

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts. For UI arts information, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.