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Release: UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WINEGARDNER READS MARCH 12 -- Author Mark Winegardner, who has been compared to E.L. Doctorow and Tom Wolfe, will read from his new novel, "Crooked River Burning," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 12 at 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 -- will be free and open to the public.

A teacher, essayist and sportswriter, Winegardner is the author of the novel "The Veracruz Blues" as well as three books of non-fiction. He is a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Florida State University. He contributes frequently to Esquire and other magazines.

Pulitzer Prize-winning UI alumnus Robert Olen Butler says of Winegardner’s latest effort, "If Dublin can become the whole world in all its complexity, then so can Cleveland -- at least in the hands of Mark Winegardner, who has created, in ‘Crooked River Burning,’ a remarkable novel giving this profoundly human city the transcendent radiance of art."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681. For UI arts information, visit this new address -- 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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McCABE READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ MARCH 16 -- Irish author Patrick McCabe, described by the Wall Street Journal as "the lodestone of new Irish fiction," will read from his latest novel, "Emerald Germs of Ireland," at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 at 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.

McCabe’s novels "Breakfast on Pluto" and "The Butcher Boy" were finalists for the Booker Prize. He has also written the novels "Music on Clinton Street," "Carn" and "The Dead School" as well as a collection of linked stories, "Mondo Desperado." A former teacher and pianist, McCabe was born in Clones and now lives in Sligo, Ireland. He is working on a new collection of stories.

With director Neil Jordan, McCabe co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of "The Butcher Boy." The film was released in 1998.

Of "Emerald Germs of Ireland" New York Times critic Janet Maslin writes, "If there were drinking novels in the spirit of drinking songs, this would be one."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681. For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.