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June 18, 2010

At A Glance

Novelist Maureen Gibbon reads June 28

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Maureen Gibbon will read from "Thief," her new novel set in the north woods of Minnesota, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 28, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the UI's Writing University website, http://www.writinguniversity.org.

In this novel of redemption her protagonist, Suzanne, believes she knows who she is -- a former wild child, neither virgin nor virginal as a teen; someone who pulls for the wayward girls and troubled boys she now teaches. She has learned to survive good love and bad love and people who don’t care at all.

While looking for a spark in her life, a random coincidence leads Suzanne to try to unlock a harrowing event from her past. She is drawn into an unusual relationship with Alpha Breville, a convicted criminal with a disturbing history; simultaneously, she begins seeing an unpredictable, dark-haired drifter, a cowboy who’s part angel, part howling dog.

Gibbon is the author of the poetry collection "Magdelena," and the novel "Swimming Sweet Arrow."

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Jennifer Rosner will read from deafness memoir June 29

Jennifer Rosner will read from "If A Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard," a memoir about parenting deaf daughters, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website, http://www.writinguniversity.org.

The book is a journey into the modern world of deafness and the controversial decisions she and her husband have made about hearing aids, cochlear implants and sign language.

She discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Traveling back in time, she imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them.

Visit the book's website at http://www.ifatreefalls.com/thebook.html.

Rosner's work has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Wondertime Magazine and the Hastings Center Report. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University and was the editor of "The Messy Self."

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