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June 3, 2005

WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' Resumes Live Broadcasts Week Of June 13

The "Live From Prairie Lights" program on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will resume its live broadcasts, after a brief hiatus, Monday through Friday, June 13-17, with readings by Jeremy Jackson, Thomas Swick, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Elizabeth Crane and Janet Desaulniers.

Each of the 8 p.m. readings, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City:

--Monday, June 13, UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Jeremy Jackson reading from "A Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food that Travels Well";

-- Tuesday, June 14, travel editor Thomas Swick reading from "A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler";

-- Wednesday, June 15, former Smithsonian editor Mary Kay Zuravleff reading from the novel "The Bowl is Already Broken";

-- Thursday, June 16, Elizabeth Crane reading from "All This Heavenly Glory: Stories"; and

-- Friday, June 17, Writer's Workshop alumna and Iowa Summer Writing Festival faculty member Janet Desaulniers reading from "What You've Been Missing," winner of the UI Press John Simmons Award for Short Fiction.

You can also listen to "Live from Prairie Lights" readings on the Internet at

Fiction and food are Jackson's twin interests, and he has published several books in both fields. In "Good Day for a Picnic," he offers unconventional recipe ideas for outdoor locations where, he claims, food always tastes better.

Swick is the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the author of the memoir "Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland." His work has appeared in Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler and the New York Times Book Review, as well as many other national publications. His essays were chosen for the 2001 and 2002 editions of "The Best American Travel Writing."

A review of "A Way to See the World" in Newsday asserted, "All you have to do is follow his footsteps is turn the page, and you'll see the world in a new way."

Zuravleff's second novel, which mines her museum background, has been described as "A big, rewarding novel about art, politics, family, terrorism, courage and happiness."

"Crane took our breath away with her first short story collection, 'When the Messenger Is Hot,' and she now jazzes readers anew in a sequence of linked stories about the "coming-of-age of one Charlotte Anne Byers," Donna Seaman wrote in Booklist. "A nervy, tragicomic, and piercing social observer, Crane captures the danger, poignancy and hilarity of life in her cascading stream-of-consciousness reports from the psyche of an irresistible seeker."

Desaulniers is the recipient of literary fellowships from the James A. Michener/Copernicus Society, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, along with a Pushcart Prize and a Transatlantic Review award for fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary publications, including the New Yorker, TriQuarterly, the North American Review and Ploughshares. She teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Frederick Busch wrote that "Her collection will break your heart," and Lee K. Abbott wrote, "If you've not been reading Desaulniers' stories . . . what you've been missing is fiction wicked and raw with rue."

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