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June 20, 2005

Kansas Author Thomas Fox Averill, A UI Graduate, Reads June 27 On WSUI

O. Henry Award-winner Thomas Fox Averill, author of "Secret's of the Tsil Cafe" and "The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson," will read from his new collection of stories, "Ordinary Genius," at 8 p.m. Monday, June 27 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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

A Publishers Weekly review explained, "Nebraska inaugurates its new Flyover Fiction series, edited by Ron Hansen, with this slim, elegiac collection... In all these stories, Averill illuminates the magical in the mundane: just because the rest of the world flies right over Kansas doesn't mean they're not missing out."

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Averill is writer-in-residence and a professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka. He is back at the UI to teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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