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Release: April 30, 2002

WSUI's 'Live from Prairie Lights' broadcasts scheduled for May 1-9

WSUI-AM 910 continues its "Live from Prairie Lights" broadcasts May 1-9, featuring readings of non-fiction, short stories, and fiction.

Hosted by Julie Englander, "Live from Prairie Lights" is aired on WSUI, the UI’s public radio station. The readings begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The upcoming readings include:

-- May 1: Marilyn Abildskov graduate of UI's Non-fiction Writing Program, and Faith Adielem, MFA graduate of the Fiction Workshop and a student in the Non-fiction Program, will read travel essays from collections of women's travel writing, "A Woman Alone" and "The Unsavvy Traveler."

-- May 2: Kevin Brockmeier, the O. Henry Prize-winning young short story writer will read from his first collection, "Things That Fall From the Sky" that features "These Hands" about a male baby-sitter and his relationship with the young girl in his care, "A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstilskin" that continues the tale of the famous imp, "The Ceiling," and "The Jesus Stories."

-- May 3: Writers' Workshop graduate Ben Schrank will read from his second novel, "Consent." Publishers Weekly calls the book "a spicy turbulent Manhattan love story."

-- May 7: David Anthony Durham, who won accolades last year for his novel, "Gabriel's Story," will read from his second novel, "Walk Through Darkness." The book describes the lives of two very different men--William, a fugitive slave from Maryland undertaking the treacherous journey North, and Morrison, a Scottish immigrant--are brought together by jealousy, remorse, and a love that transcends the barriers of race in pre-Civil War America.

-- May 8: Paul Zimmer, poet, essayist and former director of the University of Iowa Press will read from his new collection of autobiographical essays, "After the Fire." The poet describes how he found his interior landscape on his farm in the hills of Wisconsin and shares his insights into the course of his life, from his Canton, Ohio, youth, to his years as a soldier, to his careers as a writer and publisher, using humor and a meditative spirit.

-- May 9: Susan Kuehn Boyd reads from her collection of short stories titled "The Wide-Brimmed Hat." Included are stories selected for the O. Henry Awards and the Best American Short Stories. Many of her stories have been translated and published in Europe and Asia. Of particular note is a two-week diary written during the student protest years at the University of Iowa.