CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: May 25, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
EARLEY READS JUNE 5 -- Tony Earley will return to the "Live from Prairie
Lights" series with a free reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 in the Prairie
Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. "Live From
Prairie Lights" is a broadcast series, originating on UI radio station
WSUI, 910 AM.
The reading was prompted both by the paperback release of Earleys acclaimed
debut novel, "Jim the Boy" and the release of his new collection
of essays "Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True,"
which a Kirkus Reviews article described as, "Poetic, inspiring proof
that you can go home again."
Candace Smith wrote of "Somehow Form a Family" for the American
Library Associations Booklist: "A true child of the 60s,
the authors most vivid memories are the 1969 moon landing and the TV
shows that filled his evenings. Woven between recollections of crushes on
Jan Brady and dreams of investigating for Hawaii Five-O are keen
observations on family relationships and poignant memories of his teenage
sister who was killed in a car crash. . . .
"Earley draws the reader in with his deceptively simple prose and a
sharp eye for the telling detail. A willingness to share painful memories,
including his struggles with depression and a sometimes dysfunctional family
life, makes these memoirs especially effective."
"Jim the Boy" is a Depression-era coming-of-age story that critic
James Marcus described as "a lovely, meticulous work -- a song of innocence
and (eventually) experience, delivered with just a hint of a North Carolina
A Publishers Weekly article commented, "Simple, resonant sentences
and a wealth of honest feeling propel this tracing of a 10-year-old boys
coming of age . . . Earleys debut novel carries us, in charmingly ungainly
fashion, towards its moving, final epiphanies."
On the basis of his short fiction, Earley was tapped by Granta as one of
Americas 20 best young writers, and his work was featured in The New
Yorkers issue of outstanding young fiction. His stories have twice been
included in Best American Short Stories, and he has been honored with a National
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UI LAW FACULTY MEMBER READS TRANSLATION JUNE 6 -- Marc Linder, a faculty
member in the University of Iowa College of Law, will read from his translations
of "The Slave," "Day Laborers" and "The New Times"
by Danish novelist Hans Kirk at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 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.
The new translations continue Linders series of English-language editions
of Kirks fiction, following the first English translation of "The
Fisherman," Denmarks all-time fiction bestseller.
Kirk wrote "The Slave" in 1941-42 while he was imprisoned on the
orders of the Nazi occupation forces in Denmark. After he escaped from a detention
camp in 1943, the Nazis destroyed the manuscript and all of Kirks research
materials, so he started again from scratch and the novel was eventually published
in 1948. "The Slave" is an historical allegory, set in 1679 on a
Spanish galleon carrying a huge cargo of gold from the New World colonies
to Spain. Through the adventures of a colorful cast of characters, Kirk addresses
the issue of what responses are appropriate to tyranny.
Linder encountered Kirks writing when he was teaching at the Roskilde
University Center in Denmark more than 25 years ago. Linder long dreamed of
introducing Kirks fiction to English-language readers before beginning
work in the 1990s.
Linder specializes in labor law and is the author of books including "Of
Cabbages and Kings County," "European Labor Aristocracies,"
"The Supreme Court in Nazi Germany: A Jurisprudential Analysis,"
"Migrant Workers and Minimum Wages: Regulating the Exploitation of Agricultural
Labor in the United States" and "Void Where Prohibited," a
1998 book about factory workers bathroom rights. Linder represented
migrant farm workers at Texas Rural Legal Aid for seven years.