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Release: Nov. 22, 2002
WRITERS WORKSHOP ALUMNUS TOM BARBASH READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS
writer Tom Barbash, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop
and a recent faculty member in the UI Summer Writing Festival, will read from
his debut novel, The Last Good Chance, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
5, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
The free reading will be broadcast on the Live from Prairie Lights
series, hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.
Other WSUI Live from Prairie Lights readings that week, concluding
the fall series, will be:
-- Grinnell College emeritus faculty member Christopher McKee reading from
Sober Men and True: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy 1900-1945 at
8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: and
-- Tim Fay, editor and publisher of the Wapsipinicon Almanac, joined by writers
from the new issue number nine at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
Barbashs fiction has appeared in periodicals including Tin House, Story,
the Greensboro Review, West Branch Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review
and the Indiana Review. He has won the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction
and the James Michener Award for The Last Good Chance, of which
a Publishers Weekly preview concluded, Barbash shows himself
to be a knowing guide to smalltown politics in a first novel with extraordinary
empathic reach . . . This is a taut, intricate vision of ambition, corruption
and love in the postindustrial era.
National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen wrote, Tom Barbash brings
fresh seriousness and sympathy and wit to bear on the ancient problem of loyalty.
This is an ambitious, deftly plotted, multifariously satisfying piece of genuine
McKees new book is not dry scholarship, but a vivid portrait of the
lives of British sailors above and below decks. Michael Palmer, author of
Stoddert's War: Naval Operations During the Quasi-War With France, 1798-1801,
wrote, McKees elegantly written history of travel and tradition,
rum and religion, skylarking and sex, and combat and comradeship, provides
the reader with multi-dimensional and iconoclastic portraits of British seamen
during the dreadnought era.
And N.A.M. Rodger, author of The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian
Navy, called the book, A vivid recreation of lower-deck life,
full of psychological insights. We have had so little real social history
of the 20th-century Royal Navy, that this will open up completely new vistas.
Tim Fay personally sets the sporadically published Wapsipinicon Almanac at
his Route 3 Press on Shooting Star Road in rural Anamosa. Called one
of the finest regional press publications youll ever read by the
Catstep Review, the almanac combines fiction, poetry, local features and opinions,
and all the other elements you would expect from an old-time almanac.
Set on Linotype machine from the 1940s and printed on a press from the 1950s,
Fays magazine is elegant but not slick, a character that fits its contents
and appeals to its many regular readers throughout eastern Iowa and beyond.
Fay will introduce readings from the new issue by Jean Wiedenheft, Ray Tinnian,
Dean Williams, Jenny Burman and Dan Ehl
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