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Release: October 21, 2002
UI Student Who Sold His Life On eBay Reads At Prairie Lights
Freyer, the University of Iowa art student who gained international notoriety
when he sold all his possessions on eBay, and then visited them in their new
homes around the globe, will read from the account of his adventure, All
My Life for Sale, at 8 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 1, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa
The reading will be broadcast on the Live from Prairie Lights
series hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The reading
can be heard on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
Other WSUI Life from Prairie Lights readings that week will be:
-- Iowa Writers Workshop graduate D. A. Powell and new Cornell College
faculty member Matthew Cooperman, reading from their poetry at 8 p.m. Monday,
-- Bosnian fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon, reading from his novel Nowhere
Man at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29;
-- fiction writers Kelly Link and Karen Joy Fowler reading from their recent
books at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30;
-- and satirist Alex Shakar reading from The Savage Girl at 8
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
When Freyer, a Bodine Fellow in the UI School of Art & Art History, decided
to sell his life, his possessions included everything from an unopened box
of taco shells and a half a bottle of mouthwash to his clothes, his favorite
records, his sideburns (in a plastic bag) and even Christmas presents he had
bought to give to his family. His former belongings ended up all over the
world, including a bag of Porkys BBQ Pork Skins in Japan, a chair in
the Museum of Modern Art and a dental partial plate in the UI Museum of Art.
All My Life for Sale has been called an extraordinary book
that functions as an autobiography, a travel narrative, and a meditation on
what the objects we surround ourselves with actually mean to us and what happens
when we set them free.
Publishers Weekly review of Powells debut poetry collection, Tea,
observed, Powells discoed-out flippancy and attuned formalism
are like the kiss of life to that age-old pair of sleeping beauties, sex and
death . . . the poems record a fractured existence, full of foreboding desire
BOMB magazines review of Powells Lunch stated Written
at a time when much poetry seems to rise from false emotion, D. A. Powell's
poems -- of love, lust, and the physical and psychological reality of sickness
-- are sincere. Yet authenticity is not their only virtue . . . these poems
derive their power from a keen sensitivity to the potential of language to
pun, sing, and give us experience, sometimes simultaneously.
poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Field,
Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Chicago Review, Sonora Review, and Rolling
Stock. He is a founding editor of Quarter After Eight, a journal of prose
and commentary. He is the author of A Sacrificial Zinc, Winner
of the 2000 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Award, and the chapbook Surge,
winner of the 1999 Wick Chapbook Prize from Kent State University Press.
Hemons The Question of Bruno won international acclaim in
2000, including a review from the New York Times Richard Eder that pronounced
the book so good as to make the reader feel certain of having discovered
not just an extraordinary story but an extraordinary writer: one who seems
not simply gifted but necessary.
On Oct. 29 he will read from Nowhere Man, about which a Publishers
Weekly review concluded Hemon's inimitable voice and the wry urgency
of his storytelling should cement his reputation as a talented young writer.
Kelly Link and Karen Joy Fowler began in the science fiction genre.
Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, called Link the
exact best and strangest and funniest short story writer on earth that you
have never heard of. A Booklist review of Links Stranger
Things Happen says, Link offers strange and tantalizing stories
-- contemporary fiction with a fairy-tale ambience -- that explore the relationship
between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both. She boldly
weaves myth and fairy tale into contemporary life, drawing inspiration from
the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, from the fairy tale of Cinderella, from
the writings of C. S. Lewis, and from the true story of the Donner partys
descent into cannibalism.
the author of the novels Sarah Canary and The Sweetheart
Season, will read from Sister Noon, which was short-listed
for the Pen/Hemingway Award last year. Library Journal recommended the book
as a witty novel that is a deft blend of historical fact,
urban myth, social satire, and romance.
Savage Girl is Alex Shakars debut novel, following up on the success
of his short-story collection, City in Love, which won the 1996
National Fiction Competition. A Booklist review called the new book a
kinetic debut novel that cannily assesses the shadow side of consumer culture
Shakar's satiric extrapolation of the cannibalistic aspect of our frenzied
pursuit of whats hot is searing and brilliant.
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