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Release: Jan. 26, 2001


MCCOWN READS FEB. 9 -- Clint McCown will read from his new novel, "War Memorials," at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

McCown, who directs the creative writing program at Beloit College, is also the author of the novel "The Member-Guest." He has been a screenwriter for Warner Brothers, published two books of poetry, won an Associated Press award for his broadcast journalism and toured as an actor with the National Shakespeare Company. He is the only writer to have won the American Fiction Prize twice. He has also received the Society of Midland Authors Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Of "War Memorials," Bret Lott says, "What I like best in this gritty and tender and crazily funny book about men and women and the war for love we are constantly waging, is that Clint McCown has finally told the truth about being a human: We have to make a living. We have to find love. And we have to take responsibility, whether we like it or not, for who we are. ‘War Memorials’ is wonderfully well-written and meaningful to boot. What more can a reader ask?"

Larry Heinemann says the novel is "tinctured with ordinary melancholy, wry, witty, and sly, as well as laugh-out-loud funny."

For more information on the "Live from Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series web page at

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ORGAN RECITAL AND LECTURE FEB. 9 & 10 -- Canadian organist Chris Teeuwsen, a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital of music by J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

Teeuwsen, who is appearing as a guest of the UI Organ Department, will also present a lecture on "Bach and Buxtehude -- the Fantastic Style" at 10 a.m. the next day, Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Krapf Organ Studio.

Both events are free and open to the public.

A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Teeuwsen received the master’s and doctoral degrees from the UI. He later earned a solo diploma in organ performance at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he studied with noted Dutch organist Klaas Bolt and served as assistant organist at the St. Bravo Church in Haarlem. His other teachers include Ton Koopman and Harald Vogel of the Norddeutsche Orgel Akademie (North German Organ Academy) in Bunde, Germany.

Teeuwsen teaches choral music and organ performance at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. He is also director of music at MacNab St. Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

His organ recordings feature repertoire of the North German school performed on the famous Schnitger organ in the Aa Kerk in Groningen, The Netherlands. Last August he recorded the CD "Bach Meets Buxtehude" for the Dutch recording label SELAMAS on another historic organ located in Zutphem, The Netherlands.

His program at the UI will focus on Bach and the major influences on his development as a composer from the North German School, particularly Buxtehude.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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