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June 28, 2005

The Search For Dracula Is The Subject Of July 12 Reading On WSUI

Elizabeth Kostova will read from "The Historian," a Dracula novel poised to become one of the summer's must-reads, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 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.

Critic Laura Miller wrote for, "This year, the publishing business finally delivers on its promises: Elizabeth Kostova's 'The Historian' is a hypnotic yarn, saturated in authentic history and eerie intrigue."

June Sawyers wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle the Kostova "has done something quite extraordinary. She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner that will be sure to make you lose some precious hours of sleep. It is a sprawling piece of work, the kind of novel that supposedly doesn't get published anymore. And yet here it is, in its full glory. . . . Anyone who loves to become involved in the lives of fictional characters will find much to savor in this intricately plotted, delicately written novel. Kostova is a natural storyteller. She tells her otherworldly tale with great assurance and considerable style."

And in his starred review for Booklist, Michael Gannon wrote, "Readers who think the legend of Dracula has become a trite staple of schlock fiction will find this atmospheric page-turner by first-time author Kostova a bloodthirsty delight. . . . Both literary and scary, this one is guaranteed to keep one reading into the wee hours -- preferably sitting in a brightly lit room and wearing a garlic necklace."

Kostova graduated from Yale and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

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