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Release: Aug. 25, 2000
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MALARKEY READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' SEPT. 7 -- Iowa Writers' Workshop
alumna Tucker Malarkey, a former foreign-desk reporter for the Washington
Post who collaborated with Haynes Johnson on "Sleepwalking Through History,"
the best-selling account of the Reagan era, will read from her new novel,
"An Obvious Enchantment," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 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 novel was inspired by Malarkey's two-year sojourn in Africa. The trip
began as a three-month island sabbatical before starting a magazine job in
New York. But instead of returning to the United States, Malarkey remained
for two years teaching in Africa, and it was there that she wrote her first
fiction -- work that became her ticket into the Writers' Workshop and a Michener
"An Obvious Enchantment" returns her imagination to the Kenyan
island where she lived for her first year in Africa. In this romantic mystery/fantasy
her protagonist goes searching for a missing professor in a world where women
are possessed by spirit husbands and fresh curses are whispered over tea.
Margot Livesey wrote, "How cleverly Tucker Malarkey refashions the
quest novel, and what a world of mirrors and mysteries she creates. I would
happily have followed her heroine anywhere. 'An Obvious Enchantment' is as
seductive as its title promises." And Peter Matthiessen called the book,
"An exciting, intelligently imagined story, well written and well paced,
with a very skillful use of place and atmosphere."
Malarkey currently teaches writing workshops in the Portland, Ore., public
school system and is the editor-at-large for Tin House magazine, a literary
journal based in Portland and New York.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Malarkey's publisher, Random House, has a photo of her
posted on this web page: <http://www.randomhouse.com/atrandom/firstfiction/tmalarkey.html>.)