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GLANCY READS JUNE 26 -- University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Diane Glancy will read from her recent work at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading bill be broadcast live on the "Live at Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on WSUI radio, AM 910.

Glancy intends to read from her recent publications including the novels "Pushing the Bear" and "The Only Piece of Furniture in the House," and the essay collection "The West Pole."

"The West Pole" is a diverse collection of prose, including personal essays and book reviews, that Glancy brought together to reflect the fragmented nature of contemporary life.

"Pushing the Bear" is a fictional account of the 1838 Trail of Tears, in which Cherokees from North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee were displaced from their homes and forcibly marched 900 miles to the Indian Territory. A quarter of the Cherokees died during the winter trek.

Author Naomi Shihab Nye wrote of the book, "If this eloquent book doesn't crack your heart wide open, you're already dead."

Glancy, who is of Cherokee, English and German descent, teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul. In addition to novels, she has written three volumes of short stories, seven volumes of poetry, two collections of essays and a play.

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MUKHERJEE READS FROM NEW NOVEL JUNE 27 -- Writer Bharati Mukherjee, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new Random House novel, "Leave It To Me," at 8 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast live on the "Live at Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on WSUI radio, AM 910.

Billed as a re-imagining of the Electra myth, "Leave It To Me" explores a theme that has been central to Mukherjee's fiction -- the search for identity in a multicultural and international context that has the capacity to inflict confusion more than to provide resolution.

The main character of "Leave It To Me" was abandoned in India as an infant. After her upbringing in the United States she embarks on a search for her biological parents, a search that leads her to discoveries and intrigues she could not have imagined.

Mukherjee won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for best fiction for "The Middleman And Other Stories." Her other works of fiction include "The Tiger's Daughter," "Jasmine" and "The Holder Of The World."

She has collaborated with her husband, Clark Blaise, director of the UI International Writing Program, on the non-fiction books "Days and Nights in Calcutta" and "The Sorrow and the Terror."

Born in Calcutta, India, she is professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. Mukherjee can be seen on public television as part of Bill Moyers' discussion of the biblical book of Genesis. She has been a visiting faculty member in the Writers' Workshop, and she will be teaching at the UI again for the fall semester.