University of Iowa News Release
Oct. 27, 2004
Photo: "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini
Writers Featured In November On WSUI's 'Java House' Program
Several prominent writers from the U.S. and abroad including "The Kite
Runner" author Khaled Hosseini and "Housekeeping" author Marilynne
Robinson will be heard on "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" programs
The program is broadcast on WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public
radio station at 10 a.m. on Fridays. It is broadcast live from the Java House,
211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with
talk about contemporary arts, community and cultural issues.
The shows are free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning.
The show is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It can also be heard
in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
The 'Java House' lineup for November is:
- Nov. 5: A World View after U.S. Elections & Border Lord
Writers from around the world deliver their post-election thoughts and analysis.
Since late August, 38 writers from 28 countries have been in Iowa as residents
of the University of Iowa Writing Program. Participants will include Greek
poet, novelist and journalist Alexis Stamatis; Nigerian poet and fiction
writer Helon Habila; and Czech playwright and fiction writer Zdenka Becker.
Live music will be performed by the Celtic ensemble Border Lord of Fairfield.
- Nov. 12: Khaled Hosseini & Volkan Orhon
Khaled Hosseini, nationally bestselling author of "The Kite Runner," shares
insights about his critically acclaimed novel and our post-911 world. The
first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, "The
Kite Runner" is a sweeping historical epic that takes readers from the
last days of the Afghan monarchy through the Soviet invasion and the reign
of the Taliban. The Washington Post calls the book "a powerful, intimate
account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation." Live music
will be performed by Turkish-born double bassist Volkan Orhon. Orhon is on
the faculty at the University of Iowa and is principal double bass of the
Cedar Rapids Symphony.
- Nov. 19: Marilynne Robinson & The Letterpress Opry
Author Marilynne Robinson talks about her latest novel "Gilead," in
which a mortally ailing minister writes to his young son about matters of
life and death, love and hate, heaven and earth. Robinson is the author of
three books and numerous essays and book reviews. Her acclaimed novel "Housekeeping" was
included in the New York Times Books of the Century and made into a movie.
She has been a professor at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop since
The Letterpress Opry will provide live music.
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