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June 15, 2006

UI Graduate Sands Hall Reads At Prairie Lights June 26

Sands Hall, who holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will read from her new book, "Tools of the Writer's Craft," at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Max Byrd, author of "Grant," calls "Tools of the Writer's Craft," "a superbly practical book, filled with terrific exercises, anecdotes and examples. Sands Hall is a beautiful writer and a brilliant teacher."

"Sands Hall's love of the written word has inspired hundreds of her students, including many grateful published authors," wrote Steve Susoyev, author of "People Farm." He called Hall's book "an insightful and entertaining exploration of the tools every writer needs."

And Lynn Freed, author of "The Curse of the Appropriate Man," added, "Reading this book is like learning how a juggler juggles. It will be invaluable for writers new and old, and for anyone giving or taking a writing workshop."

Hall is the author of the novel "Catching Heaven" and the play "Fair Use." She received her bachelor's degree in drama from the University of California, Irvine, and attended the American Conservatory Theatre's advanced training program in San Francisco.

She has worked as an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Iowa Summer Rep, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and the Foothill Theatre Company, among others. Her work as a director includes "Marat/Sade," "To Kill a Mockingbird," an adaptation, with Diane Fetterly, of "Little Women," and "Love's Labour's Lost."

She spent four years in New York City, and 10 in Los Angeles, performing in large and small theatres; in the soap opera the Guiding Light; in various guest-starring roles on television; and small roles in various films.

Hall is back in Iowa City this summer to teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program, and the Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts, in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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