CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 11, 1999
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DEMARINIS READS JUNE 21 -- Fiction writer Rick DeMarinis
will read from his new short-story compilation, "Borrowed Hearts,"
at 8 p.m. Monday, June 21 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live
from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station
WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area
and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.
The volume collects stories from numerous sources, including
previous DeMarinis books now out of print. A "writers writer,"
DeMarinis writes dark tales that are often hilarious as well.
In one story a salesman simultaneously consoles and frightens
a vulnerable housewife; then weasels his way in her door. In another a young
man deals with the toxic spraying of his farm and its deadly effects on everything,
including himself. And then theres a 65-year-old who loses his sense
of smell after an aneurysm except for his ability to sniff the past.
Publishers Weekly observes, DeMarinis true territory,
"is the isolation of men who yearn for a home that doesn't exist, boys
who learned to be James Dean ... then grew up to discover there was no market
for that facility."
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HOKANSON READS JUNE 24 -- Writer and photographer Drake
Hokanson will read from "The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America,"
to mark the appearance of the works new edition from the University
of Iowa Press, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore
at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast
on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University
of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa
City/Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.
Hokanson, a former UI journalism faculty member and head
photographer for University Relations, traveled the length of Americas
first transcontinental highway to prepare text and images for the volume.
A Booklist review raved, "Tracing the history and
course of Americas first transcontinental automobile road, a masterly
photographer and writer creates a classic of Americana...A lovely, lovable
book, a work of art." William L. Withuhn, the curator of transportation
for the Smithsonian Institution, wrote, "With his lively pen and lyric
camera, Hokanson takes us on a journey of discovery. This is an important
story, well researched and beautifully, perceptively told."