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Release: Sept. 5, 2002

PRAIRIE LIGHTS READINGS FEATURE HASLETT, ANGUELOV AND HINOJOSA

“Live from Prairie Lights,” the series of free readings broadcast on University of Iowa public radio station WSUI, AM 910, will present three readings the week of Sept. 16-20:

-- UI Writers’ Workshop grad Adam Haslett on Monday, Sept. 16;

-- Iowa Citian Zlatko Anguelov, editor of Currents for UI Health Care, on Wednesday, Sept. 18; and

-- Chicano author Rolando Hinojosa on Friday, Sept. 20.

The readings, hosted by Julie Englander at 8 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, can be heard on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu .

Haslett will read from his debut short-story collection, “You Are Not a Stranger Here,” which debuted on the New York Times best-seller list as number 11, and is now number 15.

In what Publishers Weekly described as “a strikingly assured first effort,” Haslett “explores the complex phenomena of depression and mental illness, drawing a powerful connection between those who suffer and those who attempt to alleviate that suffering.”

Jonathan Franzen wrote, “Adam Haslett is a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent to say. Haslett's great gifts as a writer - his fearlessness in particular - are a great gift to the reader. You're likely not only to love his stories but to feel stronger for having read them.”

Anguelov, a native of Bulgaria, will read from “Communism and the Remorse of an Innocent Victimizer,” the memoir of his life in a communist country during the Cold War.

Frederick Quinn, author of “Democracy at Dawn,” wrote, “First person accounts of this quality are rare from behind the former Iron Curtain, rarer still from Bulgaria. The broader themes of history and politics are skillfully introduced, and the turmoil they induced in Bulgaria is vividly represented . . . by far one of the most interesting works I’ve read from contemporary Eastern Europe.”

Hinojosa, a professor of English at the University of Texas, is a major figure in Mexican-American literature. His first novel “Estampas del Valle” (1972) won him the important Premio de las Casas de las Americas (Havana), and made him widely known in North and South America. Since then he has added to the fictional world of Klail City, Belken County on the Rio Grande, also called “The Valley,” in a bilingual series of novels he calls “The Klail City Death Trip,” chronicling more than 60 years of changing Anglo- Mexican relations on that part of the Rio Grande.

A review in the New York Times stated, “Although Hinojosa’s sharp eye and accurate ear capture a place, its people and time in a masterly way, his work goes far beyond regionalism. He is a writer for all readers.”

His many honors include the award for Best Writing in the Southwest in 1981 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and recognition as the Outstanding Latino Faculty by the Hispanic caucus of the American Association for Higher Education.

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