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Release: March 9, 2001


QUINN READS MARCH 22 -- Daniel Quinn, author of the award-winning novel "Ishmael," will read from his new book, "After Dachau," at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Ishmael" won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, designed to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Quinn’s other books include the novels "Dreamer," "The Story of B" and "My Ishmael"; "Beyond Civilization," a book of nonfiction; and, with Tom Whalen, "A Newcomer’s Guide to the Afterlife," a fictional guide for the newly deceased. Quinn’ s short fiction has appeared in the Quarterly, Asylum and Magic Realism.

Publishers Weekly calls Quinn’s new novel "provocative" and "Orwellian."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.

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BAHA’I MARTYR IS SUBJECT OF UI STUDENT’S PLAY MARCH 22-25 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "A Dress for Mona," written and directed by UI department of theatre arts graduate student Mark Perry, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Perry’s play is based on the true story of Mona Mahmundizhad, a 17-year-old Iranian girl who was martyred in 1983 for refusing to recant her Baha’i faith.

"It’s a story about faith, about courage, and the amazing capacity of human beings to choose to transcend the evil wrought by those around them," Perry says. "I hope people won’t be discouraged by the heaviness of the subject matter -- I think the play has a light heart."

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi has written, "The Baha’i religion is a world religion which began in Persia. Baha’is believe in the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the unity of mankind. Baha’is strive to eliminate all prejudices of race, nationality, and religion. And Baha’is respect that all religions have come from the same God, in different times, to guide mankind."

A witness to Mahmundizhad’s execution, a Baha’i teacher named Djalal, wrote, "I could not believe that what I was seeing was real. She, the young girl, was so in love with God that she was ready to be killed for Him and His glory. For her faith . . . The revolution of Iran, which should have been a religious revolution and should have led the people to God’s way, was now eating the innocent people and children."

The production of "A Dress for Mona" features dramaturgical assistance by Azadeh Rohanian, lighting design by Rob Koop and costume design by Tallie Nelson.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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GLAVE READS MARCH 23 -- Author Thomas Glave will read from his debut collection of short stories, "Whose Song?" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Glave, whom the New York Times calls "a gifted stylist," has won an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Mass. He traveled to Jamaica on a Fulbright grant and helped found the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays.

Glave’s essays and short fiction have appeared in "Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers," "Men on Men 6: Best New Gay Fiction" and "Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards."

"In this collection of short stories Thomas Glave walks the path of such greats in American literature as Richard Wright and James Baldwin while forging new ground of his own," Gloria Naylor says of Glave’s first book. "His voice is strong and his technique dazzling as he cuts to the bone of what it means to be black in America."

Nadine Gordimer says, "Thomas Glave has the strong talent and courage to take up the right to enter the inner selves of both black and white characters in his stories."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.