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April 1, 2011

Writing University live streams April 6-9 will include Paul's Book Club

Live streams on the University of Iowa's Writing University website -- http://www.writinguniversity.org -- April 6-9 will feature the second session of the Paul Ingram Book Club as well as readings by poets Michael Earl Craig and Christian Hawkey, novelists Nina Revoyr and Jim Krusoe, and children's author Lynne Jonell.

The readings will be held in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City and are free and open to the public.

--Craig and Hawkey will read from their work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6.
--At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Ingram will lead a discussion of William Maxwell's "So Long See You Tomorrow," which depicts small-town Illinois life in the 1920s. Publisher's Weekly made this recommendation to independent bookstores: "They need more Paul Ingrams."
--Krusoe, one of Ingram's favorite authors, will read from "Toward You," his new novel, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8.
--And Jonell, who will soon release "Emmy & the Rats in the Belfry," will read at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Craig, a journeyman farrier in Montana, will read from "Thin Kimono," his third book, is a playful examination of the everyday turned on its head. Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus James Tate commented, "I like being in the world of Craig's poems. Anything can happen, and probably will, and it will affect me in small or large ways that I couldn't have imagined. The precision of their imagery keeps me reeling with delight."

Hawkey's latest book is "VENTRAKL," a combination of poetry, prose, biography and imagery intertwined with the work of early 20th-century Austrian expressionist poet Georg Traki. He is also the author of "Citizen Of" and "The Book of Funnels," winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York and has won awards from the Poetry Fund, the Academy of American Poets, and the Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award.

Revoyr returns to Prairie Lights to read from her new novel, "Wingshooters." In the tradition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Snow Falling on Cedars," the story examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice.

Lisa See calls it "a gem of a novel — filled with beautiful language . . . deep heartache, and determined acceptance." Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist, "Revoyr drives to the very heart of tragic ignorance, unreason and savagery."

Revoyr, the author of three novels, has been an associate faculty member at Antioch University, a visiting professor at Cornell University, the Remsen Bird Visiting Writer at Occidental College, and a visiting professor at Pitzer College.

The protagonist of Krusoe's "Toward You" has spent the past several years maintaining a successful upholstery business, but in between re-covering sofas he's also been working in a sporadic fashion to build a machine that will communicate with the dead.

Kirkus Reviews critique stated, ""Krusoe's surrealistically skewed, oddly affecting novel blurs the borders between life and the afterlife, what's real and what's imagined, to highly entertaining effect. . . A seriously strange, funny and affecting novel about imagining another life while being stuck in this one."

Krusoe, whose work has appeared in the Iowa Review, teaches at Santa Monica College and Antioch University, and he was the founder of the Santa Monica Review.

Jonell, who teaches at the Loft Literary Center in the Twin Cities, is the author of "The Secret of Zoom," one of the books President Obama purchased when he visited Prairie Lights. She has written three novels and seven picture books for children, winning a Minnesota Book Award.

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