Nov. 10, 2011
UI Writers' Workshop alumnus/faculty member Orner returns Nov. 16
Peter Orner, an alumnus and former visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return for a free reading, streamed on the Writing University website, www.writinguniversity.org, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Prairie Lights Books.
Other Prairie Lights events streamed by the Writing University that week are:
--Caldecott Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.
Sís will read from his first book for adults, The Conference of the Birds, an adaptation of a classic 12th-century Sufi epic poem about an epic flight of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh.
With more than 20 books to his credit and almost as many honors, Sís is a six-time winner of the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and his Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book.
Cawelti's book from the local Ice Cube Press, subtitled A Heartland Cain and Abel, examines the murders of the Mark family in the 1970s, for which Jerry Mark was convicted in 1976 and remains in prison.
Robert Gish, author of West Bound: Stories of Providence, wrote, "Those familiar with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood will find Cawelti's handling of fact and fiction masterful and will conclude Capote has nothing on Cawelti." And Thomas Wolf, co-author of Midnight Assassin, called the book "absorbing, tense, and disturbing. Scott Cawelti s well-researched and taut narrative will keep readers turning the pages."
Cawelti, who knew Jerry Mark in high school, holds a doctorate from the UI, was on the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, and has published two writing textbooks.
The Writers' Workshop is an academic program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate College.
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