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Oct. 20, 2006

Turner, Hampl, Perry Read On 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Frederick Turner, Patricia Hampl and Michael Perry will read on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The broadcasts will originate at free events hosted by Julie Englander at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

The schedule is:

-- Turner reading from read from his newest novel, "Redemption," on Monday, Oct. 30;

-- Hampl, a UI Writers' Workshop alumna, reading from "Blue Arabesque" on Tuesday, Oct. 31; and

-- Perry reading from his new memoir, "Truck: A Love Story," on Friday, Nov. 3.

Turner's "Redemption" is set in New Orleans in the early 20th century at a time when organized crime was threatening to rule the city. He is the author of seven books of non-fiction and one novel, and the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

"Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime" is Hampl's deep meditation on a painting by Matisse that she saw at the Art Institute of Chicago after graduating from college.

In a Booklist starred review, Donna Seaman wrote, "Hampl's memoirs of discovery are exhilarating. Writing of both earthly pilgrimages and the inner journeys they provoke, she brings a poet's love of language, fluency in patterns and modulations, and fascination with the life of the mind to unusual aesthetic, spiritual, and cultural inquiries. . . . (This is) her most sensuous, sinuous, and radiant book to date."

A MacArthur "genius grant" winner, Hampl is the author of three memoirs -- "A Romantic Education," "Virgin Time" and "I Could Tell You Stories" -- and two collections of poetry. She is the series co-editor of the UI Press' Sightline Books.

Turner and Hampl are both at the UI to participate in a Mississippi River Symposium, discussing the importance of water in our physical and intellectual lives, Oct. 28-30 at the UI's new Art Building West in Iowa City and the Grand Harbor Resort on the Mississippi River in Dubuque. For additional information visit (

In "Truck," Perry fixes up his old pickup truck and falls in love in a tiny Wisconsin town. David Pitt wrote in his starred review for Booklist, "One wouldn't think that repairing a beat-up old pickup could become a life-altering undertaking. And yet, for Perry, it was all that and more: an epic adventure that encompassed love, diplomacy, a little hydroponics, and even some danger (like setting yourself on fire). Perry, who is also the author of 'Population: 485' (2002), propels the story forward as if he were writing a novel, helped by a cast of characters who range from the lightly offbeat to the totally bizarre. . . . Motorcycle maintenance for a new century."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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