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"Live from Prairie Lights" readings continue through April, May

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Live from Prairie Lights," the reading series broadcast on public radio station WSUI in Iowa City and WOI in Ames, has announced its schedule through the end of the spring semester. The series includes a full slate of authors reading from their latest works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

All readings are free and open to the public and begin at 8 p.m. at Prairie Lights Book Store, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, unless otherwise noted. The readings are broadcast live on WSUI (AM 910) in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and WOI (AM 640) in the Des Moines/Ames area. The show is hosted by Julie Englander and is made possible by a grant from Prairie Lights Book Store. For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730.

Following is a schedule of upcoming readings:

April 2, Laura Fargas reads from her new collection of poems, An Animal of the Sixth Day.

April 6, Patrick McGrath, the "king of neo-gothic high literature," reads from his most recent novel, Asylum.

April 9, John Casey, a visiting professor in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, reads from his new novel The Half-Life of Happiness. His earlier novel, Spartina, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

April 10, Des Moines native Peter Hedges reads from his new novel, An Ocean in Iowa, the story of life as seen through the eyes of a child of seven. Hedges previous work, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, was made into a critically-acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

April 13, Timothy Liu reads from his third collection of poems, Say Goodnight. Liu is poet-in-residence at Cornell College.

April 16, Scott Spencer reads from his new work The Rich Man's Table, a story about the son of a popular icon searching for his father.

April 17, the renowned Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk reads from his most recent novel The New Life.

April 20, A. Manette Ansay reads from her latest novel, River Angel.

April 21, cartoonist Ted Rall, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will read from his new book of observations, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids: An Illustrated Manifesto for Surviving the Nineties and Beyond.

April 22, Kathleen Norris, the poet/essayist/spiritual theorist, reads from her new book, Amazing Grace, in Shambaugh Auditorium.

April 23, Martin Corless-Smith, a UI Writers' Workshop graduate, reads from his new collection of poetry, Of Piscator.

April 27, Australian novelist Sue Woolfe, a past participant in the UI International Writing Program, reads from her novel Leaning Towards Infinity, which has been a bestseller in Australia for a year.

April 28, Jane Hamilton reads from her new book, A Short History of a Prince, in Shambaugh Auditorium.

April 29, Irish writer Seamus Deane reads from his most recent novel, Reading in the Dark, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Irish Times Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Booker Prize.

April 30, actor and writer Peter Coyote reads from his new memoir, Sleeping Where I Fall, about his days as a young biker and one of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters. His reading takes place in Buchanan Auditorium.

May 1, Doug Powell, a UI Writers' Workshop graduate, reads from his collection of poetry, Tea.

May 4, Robert Stone reads from his new novel Damascus Gate, which takes place in Israel at Millennium's end and deals with politics, religion, drugs, love, and the possibility of salvation.

May 5, Geoff Dyer reads from his new non-fiction work, Out of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence.

May 22, UI professor emeritus Janusz Bardach reads from his memoir, Man is Wolf to Man, about the five years he spent in a Stalinist prison-labor camp in Siberia during World War II. His reading takes place in Shambaugh Auditorium.