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May 20, 2009

At A Glance

Perry and Burroway open summer 'Live from Prairie Lights' series

Nonfiction writer Michael Perry and former University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty Janet Burroway will open the summer schedule of "Live from Prairie Lights" readings with free events 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. The events will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site,, and then will be made available through the site's archive.

On Thursday, Perry will read from his tender and hilarious "Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting," his account of taking up farming on a Wisconsin homestead. His previous books include "Truck: A Love Story" and "Population: 485."

Burroway will read the day before the premiere of a new work for narrator and orchestra by Iowa composer Philip Wharton based on her children's book, "The Giant Jam Sandwich."

At Prairie Lights, she will read from her eighth novel, "Bridge of Sand," which explores personal loss, race and renewal.

Burroway is also the author of the widely used writing guides, "Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft," "Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft" and "From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction."

Iowa's First Lady donates cookbook to UI Libraries

Iowa's First Lady Mari Culver recently donated a signed copy of "Entertaining at Terrace Hill" to the Louis Szathmary II Culinary Arts Collection at the University of Iowa Libraries. 

Culver made the donation on a visit to Iowa City in April for a Prairie Lights book-signing event. The cookbook features over 200 recipes from around the state and displays of food photographed at Terrace Hill. The latest in the series of Iowa First Lady cookbooks, it includes recollections by F.M. Hubbell family descendents who were part of the Terrace Hill legacy for many years before the home was presented to the state. For more information, visit

This book joins one of the most wide-ranging culinary collections in the world, with some 12,000 volumes dating from 1499 to 2009, says David E. Schoonover
curator of rare books at the UI. See for more on the archives.

College of Pharmacy faculty members earn teaching awards

Four faculty members from the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy have been recognized for outstanding teaching in 2008-09.

"Teacher of the Year" awards are based on student recommendations and reviewed by the previous year's award recipients. This year's winners are:
--Michelle Fravel, clinical assistant professor, selected by third-year students.
--Michael Ernst, clinical associate professor, selected by second-year students.
--Jeffrey Reist, clinical assistant professor, selected by first-year students.

In addition, one faculty member received the highest honor a college can bestow on faculty for excellence in teaching:
--John Swegle, clinical associate professor, is the college's recipient of the UI Collegiate Teaching Award.

The winners will be formally recognized at the college's scholarship reception in November.


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