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July 14, 2005

Novelist Katherine Towler Reads From 'Evening Ferry' July 27 On WSUI

Katherine Towler, the author of "Snow Island," will read from her new novel, "Evening Ferry," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at wsui.uiowa.edu.

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

A preview in Publishers Weekly explained, "The second volume of Towler's trilogy (after 'Snow Island') continues the story of a small and isolated New England island, picking up over 20 years after the end of the first book, in 1965. . . . As with the first installment, Towler succeeds in bringing the small island community to vivid life, and the introspective characters are sympathetic. . . . (I)t is gracefully written, and the subtleties of family life should keep readers interested in the continuing saga."

Donald M. Murray wrote in the Boston Globe, "Towler's characters are as complex and contradictory as those with whom we live our lives. . . . A master of pacing, [she] accomplishes the higher art of bringing us to see the drama in the commonplace."

Towler grew up in New York City at General Theological Seminary, where her father was on the faculty. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and earned an master's degrees in writing at Johns Hopkins and in English literature at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

She has taught creative writing to students of all ages, including most recently working with public school students through the artists-in-the-schools program in New Hampshire. Currently she works as a freelance writer specializing in publications and promotional materials for schools and non-profits.

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