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Release: May 7, 1999
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DIANE ACKERMAN READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MAY 20 -- Essayist
Diane Ackerman will read from her new book "Deep Play" at 8 p.m. Thursday,
May 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa
City. The reading is free and open to the public.
"Ackerman is a profound and generous observer of the
world around her. All the blues can be swept away by her vibrant prose," an
Entertainment Weekly review proclaimed.
The New York Times Book Review called Ackerman "a
writer who inspires devotion in her readers, [she] comes across in her books
as a thoroughly nice person -- a mensch with a large, ranging intellect."
Booklist said of Ackerman's latest that, "The very
act of reading this original, exultant, sage, poetic, and generous meditation
on the importance of enchantment is deep play, and you can't ask that a book
be any more wonderful than that."
Ackerman is the author of seven books of non-fiction,
including "A Natural History of the Senses" and "The Moon by Whalelight,"
as well as several books of poetry. She has been the recipient of the John
Burroughs Nature Award and the Academy of American Poets' Lavan Poetry Prize.
She has taught at several universities, including Columbia, Cornell, William
& Mary, and Ohio University. Her essays have appeared in National Geographic,
the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Parade.
The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and
WOI AM 640.
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SPRIESTERSBACH READS FROM HISTORY OF UI MAY 21 --
University of Iowa emeritus vice president and dean Duane Spriestersbach will
read from his new UI Press book, "The Way it Was: The University of Iowa,
1964-1989," at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21 in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St.
in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from
Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.
Spriestersbach's account includes the years of campus
turmoil during the Vietnam War through the evolution of computers at the UI.
During his UI career "Sprie" reported to four presidents
and served as acting president. He was vice president for educational development
and dean of the graduate college from 1965 to 1989, and he served as acting
president in 1981 and 1982.