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Release: March 27, 2002

WSUI's 'Live from Prairie Lights' readings set for April 5-15

Upcoming "Live from Prairie Lights" readings broadcast on WSUI-AM 910 will feature Adam Fortunate Eagle, Ed Carey, Peter Edelman, Ben Marcus, Shelley Jackson, and Alex Stone.

Hosted by Julie Englander, "Live from Prairie Lights" is aired on WSUI, the UI's public radio station. The readings begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Upcoming events include:

-- April 5: Adam Fortunate Eagle, an American Indian journalist, will read from his new book "Heart of the Rock" which chronicles how he and a small band of American Indians reclaimed Alcatraz Island as Indian Territory in the 1970s.

-- April 10: Ed Carey, English artist, playwright and novelist, will read from "Observatory Mansions," a novel about a one time ancestral home that is transformed into a dilapidated apartment block inhabited by a host of eccentric characters.

-- April 11: Peter Edelman, who worked on the staffs of Robert Kennedy and Bill Clinton, will read from "Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope."

-- April 12: Ben Marcus and Shelly Jackson will read from their latest works. Marcus will read from "Notable American Women," a story about a boy who is raised without feelings and the woman who turns the family upside down. Jackson will read from "The Melancholy of Anatomy," an anthology of short fiction that portrays an extraordinary world populated by various pieces and products of the human body.

-- April 15: Alex Stone, a resident in the Quad Cities, will read from "Going Home," a collection of stories about Jews living in the Midwest.