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Jan. 27, 2004

Pam Houston Reads Feb. 10 on WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Pam Houston, author of "Cowboys Are My Weakness," will read from her new novel, "Sight Hound," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 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 http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

Maxine Kumin wrote of "Sighthound," "This is a dangerous book. Don't read it unless you have ever loved a dog up close or admired one from afar."

Critic Victoria Griffin explained, "At the heart of Pam Houston's tender novel 'Sight Hound' is a surprisingly thoughtful three-legged Irish wolfhound named Dante. Convinced that it is his responsibility to teach the humans around him about love, he concentrates his efforts on his owner Rae. While the thought of a canine in the lead role may give many pause, in this case it shouldn't. Houston manages to pull this aspect of the story off with skill and is able to create a multi-dimensional character out of a cancer-riddled old dog."

A starred review in Publishers Weekly stated, "Post-feminist toughness and post-hippie sentiment are the alternating currents of this wry, tender novel by Houston. . . . Houston's gift for capturing the dynamic of unorthodox webs of relationships is on pleasing display in this gruffly warmhearted novel."

Houston divides her time between Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. Her books include "Waltzing the Cat" (winner of the Willa Literary Award) and "A Little More About Me." She has also edited a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry titled "Women on Hunting," and she wrote the text for a book of photographs, "Men Before Ten A.M."

Her stories have been selected for "Best American Short Stories of the Century," the O. Henry Awards and The Pushcart Prize. She has appeared on CBS "Sunday Morning" doing literary essays on the wilderness, and she has been a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

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