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Release: March 30, 2001


HYNES READS APRIL 9 -- James Hynes, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from his work at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Room 221 of the UI Chemistry Building. The reading, which is sponsored by the Writers’ Workshop, is free and open to the public.

The author of the recently published novel "The Lecturer’s Tale," Hynes published two previous books, the novel "The Wild Colonial Boy" and "Publish and Perish," a collection of novellas.

"‘Take no prisoners’ might be the exultantly sanguine epitaph of ‘The Lecturer’s Tale,’ certainly the most devastating portrait of contemporary academic life that I’ve ever read," Michael Dirda wrote in the Washington Post. "From its first sentence, his novel concocts a heady mix of menace and foreboding, cut with a pervasive black humor … a dazzlingly entertaining novel, spirited in all ways, and really, really mean."

A former recipient of a UI Michener Fellowship, Hynes has won the Hopwood Award and a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts. His book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Village Voice and the Boston Review.

For more information on this event, call the Writers’ Workshop at 335-0416.

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FLANAGAN READS APRIL 10 -- Australian author Richard Flanagan will read from the newly released paperback version of his second novel "The Sound of One Man Clapping" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Prairie Lights bookstore 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.

A former Rhodes scholar, Flanagan has published several works of historical non-fiction. "Death of a River Guide," his first novel, won the Victorian Premier’s Award for First Fiction in 1995.

"The Sound of One Man Clapping" was first published in March 2000. The book began as a screenplay, and a film version, directed by Flanagan, appeared in Australian theaters in 1998.

For more information on this reading, call Prairie Lights at 337-2681.

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LAUTERBACH READS APRIL 11 -- Poet Ann Lauterbach, a former faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Room 101 of UI Biology Building East. The reading, which is sponsored by the Writers’ Workshop during National Poetry Month, is free and open to the public.

Lauterbach’s latest collection, "If in Time," was published in March. Her previous collections include "Many, Times, But Then," "Before Recollection," "Clamor," "And For Example" and "On a Stair."

Lauterbach directs the Writing Division of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. She also has taught at Columbia, Princeton and the City College of New York. She has received grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.

"I don’t write with strategies," Lauterbach has said of her poetry. "I trust something about language to ‘pull’ things toward the poem which the poem needs or wants."

For more information on this reading, call the Writers’ Workshop at 335-0416.

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IMPROV AT THE MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 13 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host "Improv at the Museum" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13. The performance by the improvisatory comedy group "Loose Bugles" will be free and open to the public.

"Loose Bugles" is headed by Amanda Burke, a studio art major at the UI from Toledo, Iowa. Other group members are UI students David Fischel from Rochester, Minn., and Steve Ellerhoff from Des Moines.

Burke is an aspiring comedienne who watches the improv TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" "I want to do this for a living," she said. "I want to be a comedienne. I think they need more women on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ That’s my next goal."

According to Ellerhoff, the success of improv relies greatly on the audience. "It all depends on the audience," he said.

"We like to use a lot of audience participation," Burke explained. "We’ll need volunteers and suggestions. We get our initial ideas from the audience and work off of that."

"What you eat beforehand might have something to do with it, too" Ellerhoff added. "I usually eat French fries and onion rings. That’s what I use to get me hopping. It seems to work."

"Loose Bugles" is a new improv group whose members share a common love of comedy performance. They met through IC Improv, a group run locally by Tim Kemp.

One of the skits will be "The Dating Game," where an audience member is asked to choose between two "contestants," each vying for a date.

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 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free.