100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0000; fax (319) 384-0024
Campus Notes is provided by the University of Iowa News Services and contains
general interest information for the UI community about events taking place
at the UI, events broadcast about people associated with or news about the
University scheduled for broadcast by area media.
Release: May 26, 2000
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WILLIAMS READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JUNE 6 -- Utah-born naturalist
writer Terry Tempest Williams will read from her new book, "Leap!"
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From
Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI,
Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist: "In a provocative narrative notable
for its flow and lyricism, Williams expresses her profound response not to
the outdoors but to a world born of the imagination, the triptych known as
'The Garden of Delights,' by the 15th-century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch.
As a Mormon child, Williams slept beneath reproductions of the two outer panels
of this fabulously detailed masterpiece, yet she never knew of the existence
of the central painting, 'The Garden of Earthly Delights,' a veritable pageant
of sensuality, until she stood, thunderstruck, before the original in the
"The sight of Bosch's nearly hallucinatory vision of life in all its
elaborate fecundity sparked an epiphany so powerful Williams embarked on a
life-altering study of the painting she chronicles. Like a biologist in the
field, she watches the painting as though it were alive; she even uses binoculars,
much to the amazement of the museum guards, to identify the birds Bosch so
accurately portrayed, as well as all the fruits, flowers, and figures ecstatic
and tormented, graceful and grotesque. Williams gives herself over wholly
to the experience, even writing from within the painting's lushly detailed
and wildly inventive landscapes, an immersion that gives rise to extraordinarily
revelatory leaps of thought."
Mark Doty, a former faculty member of the UI Writers' Workshop, wrote, "
'Leap' does what we hope literature can do -- rinse the reader's gaze, refreshing
our sight and making the world new again."
Williams other works include the books "Refuge: An Unnatural History
of Family and Place," "Coyote's Canyon," "Desert Quartet:
An Exotic Landscape," "An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field"
and "Pieces of a Shell: A Journey to Navaholand."
She has been the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Guggenheim
Fellowship, and she was also recognized by the Utne Reader as a "visionary,"
one of the Utne 100 "who could change your life." A recipient of
the National Wildlife Federation's National Conservation Award for Special
Achievement, she was recently inducted into the Rachel Carson Institute's
JOHNSTON READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JUNE 8 -- Newfoundland author Wayne
Johnston will read from his recent bestseller, "The Colony of Unrequited
Dreams," at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live
From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station
WSUI, 910 AM.
A cover-story review in the New York Times Book Review propelled "The
Colony of Unrequited Dreams," a fictional account of the rise of Newfoundland
premier Joey Smallwood, onto the bestseller list, but this story of two lovers
and their adversaries set against the emergence of Newfoundland also won critical
approval elsewhere The book was nominated for the Griller Prize and the Governor
General's Award in Canada.
Andrea Barret wrote, "This entertaining novel is both a version of
David Copperfield transposed to 20th-century Newfoundland and an evocation
of vanished ways of life in a place caught in tumultuous political changes.
Rich and complex, it offers Dickensian pleasures."
Johnston is the author of four previous novels, including "The Divine
Ryans," which was adapted for cinema in a feature starring Pete Postlethwaite
and "The Story of Bobby O'Malley," which won the First Novel Award
A Montreal Gazette article described Johnston as "one of the most distinctive
comic talents this country has produced since Mordecai Richler."