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Release: Aug. 19, 2002


Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumna Elizabeth Evans will read from her recent fiction collection, “Suicide’s Girlfriend: A Novella and Short Stories,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading is part of the “Live From Prairie Lights” broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM, and hosted by Julie Englander. Listen on the internet at .

A New York Times Book Review brief described the book as “a troubling, addicting collection,” and Mark Luce wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle, “A quiet eeriness saturates Elizabeth Evans’ solid story collection, ‘Suicide’s Girlfriend.’ Her characters routinely find themselves in uneasy, and sometimes life-threatening, situations, but Evans’ deft control of mood, straightforward style and pinch of humor gives a necessary twist to the stories’ often depressing subject matter.”

A review in Publishers Weekly concluded, “Careful storytelling and artfully disjointed prose distinguish these quiet, deceptively simple fictions.”

Evans is the author of books of fiction including “Rowing in Eden,” “Carter Clay” and “The Blue Hour.” She has been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the James Michener Fellowship, and fellowships at Yaddo and MacDowell. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona.