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Release: Aug. 22, 2002

Writers’ Workshop Alum Jeremy Jackson Reads Sept. 3

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumnus Jeremy Jackson (left) will read from his debut novel, “Life at These Speeds,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 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, hosted by Julie Englander. Listen on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

Jackson’s first-person main character is the sole survivor of a high-school track team’s traffic accident. Transformed by the experience, he transfers to a new school, retreats into the privacy of running and becomes something of a social and athletic phenomenon. The novel is a current reading suggestion of USA Track & Field.

A Publisher’s Weekly preview concluded that “this debut has an undeniably quirky charm,” Kirkus Reviews critique called the book “a first novel that gives new life to the subject of athletics and coming of age… A quietly remarkable achievement of pathos and wit,”. and Gavin Quinn wrote for the American Library Association’s Booklist that “The unforgettable and complex main character makes this novel well worth reading.”

A graduate of Vassar College, where he has also taught, Jackson is a Henfield Prize winner and former UI James A. Michener Fellow.

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