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Sept. 22, 2004

Oct. 6 WSUI Reading Features Short Story Writer David Means

David Means, author of "Assorted Fire Events," winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, will read from his second collection of stories, "The Secret Goldfish," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

In his New York Times review of "The Secret Goldfish," Richard Eder wrote, "With his jump-cut shifts, startling connections and breathtaking disconnections the author stands among our most gifted younger writers. Distinctively, though, he anneals his cutting-edge irony into a compassionate anger that goes beyond the literary times. In a word he might disdain to use, it is timeless."

James O'Laughlin wrote for Booklist, "Means' new collection of stories reveals a mature vision in its explorations of violence, boredom and death in a restrained, cautionary tone."

Means is increasingly recognized as one of America's finest young fiction writers. Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times wrote, "The roll-call of honor, from Eudora Welty to John Cheever, John Updike, William Maxwell, to Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff and Annie Proulx is long and rich. Just when it seems that things could get no better, along comes David Means."

In addition to the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Means been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's magazine, Esquire, McSweeney's and numerous other publications. His work was also included in "The Best American Mystery Stories 2001."

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