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June 22, 2005

Iowa City Writer Ingrid Hill Reads July 6 On WSUI

Iowa City writer Ingrid Hill, who holds a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa, will read from her widely praised first novel, "Ursula, Under," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI 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.

"Ursula, Under," a Washington Post Book World Best Book last year, is being republished in paperback this summer.

Ingrid Hill, who received a National Endowment for the Arts literature grant in 2002, set her debut novel in Michigan, where she lived before moving to Iowa City in 1987. After a little girl falls down an abandoned mine shaft, all the rich and exotic heritage that came to plant her there are revealed.

Reviewer Deborah Donovan wrote, "Hill's enchanting debut novel spans more than 2,000 years and is brimming with an engaging cast of characters.  . . . a magically entertaining, poetic, and heartfelt look at the often overlooked significance of extended family."

Frederick Busch called the book, "a novel for adults who are brave enough to think as children do."

Hill has published short stories in many magazines and has published the collection "Dixie Church Interstate Blues."

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