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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
PRAIRIE LIGHTS SERIES FEATURES UI ALUMNI DAY, NUTTER AND EMERSON
Photo: Geffrey Nutter
from Prairie Lights, the series of free readings broadcast on University
of Iowa public radio station WSUI, AM 910, will present a reading each evening,
Sept. 23-27. 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
-- George Singleton will read from his new collection of stories, The
Half-Mammals of Dixi, at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23;
-- Arthur Bradford will read from his debut short-sto ry collection, Dogwalker,
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24;
-- Bonnie Jo Campbell will read from her first novel, Q Road,
at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25;
-- Poets Cort Day and Geffrey Nutter, graduates of the UI Writers
Workshop, will read from their debut volumes at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26;
-- UI alumna Jocelyn Emerson will return to read from her new poetry volume,
Sea Gate, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
Singleton is the author of These People Are Us, and his new book
has been called a zany new collection of short stories that captures
the entertaining lives of such characters as the boy whose reputation is ruined
forever after he stars in a documentary on diagnosing head lice, a self-described
primitive artist who is mistaken for a faith healer, and a lovelorn father
who woos his child's third-grade teacher. Keir Graff wrote for Booklist,
To some readers, the mere threat of 15 stories about lovable southern
eccentrics is enough to prompt a quick retreat north. Fortunately, Singleton's
quick wit, keen intelligence, and empathy for his characters mean we can issue
an all clear rather than a hurricane warning. . . This fine collection
reveals an author who, despite his penchant for evolution, has a gift for
the act of creation.
Bradford has been an O. Henry Award winner, and his collection is a dozen
tales that capture the lives and fortunes of some of societys colorful
misfits and mutants, including a giant slug that wreaks marital havoc, three-legged
dogs, and an unusual family of former circus freaks who look like cats. Zadie
Smith wrote, Arthur Bradfords stories are quite simply the mutts
nuts. One of the funniest, smartest and tallest writers at work in America
today. A Booklist preview concluded, Bradford yields hilarious
results, although never at the expense of his characters.
Campbells short-story collection Women and Other Animals
won a Pushcart Prize. A Publishers Weekly preview called her new book a thoughtful,
well-paced, deeply moral (though not moralizing) novel full of hard lessons
and the wisdom gained from them across generations."
Days debut volume is The Chime, and Nutters A
Summer Evening was selected by Jorie Graham as the winner of the 2001
Colorado Prize. Graham, a former UI Writers Workshop faculty member,
wrote, A Summer Evening urgently and beautifully explores
conflicting circular and linear sensations of time. Days poems
have appeared in Poetry Daily, AGNI, the Boston Review, the Colorado Review,
the Denver Quarterly, Fence, Verse and many other publications.
Emersons Sea Gate is the winner of the New York/New England
Award from Alice James Books. Poet Bin Ramke wrote of the book, Reasserting
a dialogue between truth and beauty, Jocelyn Emerson has given us renewed
grandeur and consolation.
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