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Release: Sept. 1, 2000


BERRY READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ SEPT. 11 -- Poet, novelist and essayist Wendell Berry will read from his new novel, "Jayber Crow," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 in Buchanan auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

A review in the New York Times said of Berry, "Read [him] with pencil in hand, make notes and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here."

Ray Olson of Booklist, wrote, "With the seeming effortlessness of art, Berry marries the book’s host of amusing and affecting stories and characters to the practical and religious lessons he has learned and striven to communicate during his 40-year literary career. Informing all those lessons is the insight that loving care for others, both living and dead, and for God’s creation redeems and justifies one’s life. This may be Berry’s finest book."

Wendell Berry has written more than 30 books. Among the many honors he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jean Stein Award, the T.S. Eliot Award, a Lannan Foundation Award for nonfiction and the 2000 Poets’ Prize.

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POET HOWE READS AT UI SEPT. 14 -- Poet and novelist Fanny Howe will read from her work at
8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The free reading is sponsored by the UI Writers’ Workshop.

Howe’s "Selected Poems," drawing from nine of her earlier books, was published in March of this year. John Ashbery wrote, "Fanny Howe’s strangely hushed but busy landscape keeps leading us into it until we realize we’re lost but wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. This book is a strange joy."

Albert Gelpi described Howe as " . . . the closest thing to Emily Dickinson since Dickinson herself. These taut and sometimes witty poems are centripetal; they inscribe moments of a spiritual and psychological quest, word by packed word, image by edged image."

Michael Palmer writes, "Fanny Howe employs a sometimes fierce, always passionate, spareness in her lifelong parsing of the exchange between matter and spirit. . . Writes Emerson, ‘The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty.’ Here’s the luminous and incontrovertible proof."

Howe is professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of more than 20 books of fiction and poetry. Her most recent work of fiction is "One Crossed Out," published in 1997.

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RECEPTION FOR GRETCHEN CARACAS SEPT. 15 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host a reception in honor of artist Gretchen Caracas, whose work is currently featured in the museum, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

The reception is part of a series of free public events being held at the museum on Friday evenings through the fall semester.

The retrospective exhibition, "Gretchen Caracas: Landscape and Memory," will be at the UI Museum of Art through Oct. 8. It comprises 45 paintings -- borrowed from local collectors and the artist -- from the past two decades. The paintings were selected by Caracas, in conjunction with Pamela Trimpe, the curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, with an introductory essay on Caracas’ art by Wallace Tomasini, UI professor of art history and former director of the School of Art and Art History.

A part time resident of Iowa City, Caracas was an adjunct faculty member in the UI School of Art and Art History from 1973 through 1992. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Spain, and Italy.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

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SALTER READS AT UI SEPT. 15 -- Former University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop faculty member James Salter, the current State Author of New York, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, co-sponsored by the UI Writers’ Workshop and International Writing Program, is free and open to the public.

Peter Matthiessen wrote, "There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from [Salter’s] passion and precision of language." And Reynolds Price called Salter’s writing "as nearly perfect as any American fiction I know."

Washington Post critic Michael Dirda called Salter "The contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers. . . He can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence."

At one time a regular officer and a fighter pilot during the Korean conflict, Salter ended his military career to become a writer in 1957. He is the author of five novels, including "A Sport and a Pastime" and "Light Years." His collection of short fiction, "Dusk and Other Stories," was honored with the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1988. Salter’s memoir, "Burning the Days," was published in 1997, as was the revised edition of his first novel, "The Hunters." An extensively revised version of his second novel, "The Arm of Flesh," will appear in November.

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