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Release: Aug. 22, 2002
Writers Workshop Alum Jeremy Jackson Reads Sept. 3
of Iowa Writers Workshop alumnus Jeremy Jackson (left) will read from
his debut novel, Life at These Speeds, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
3, 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, hosted by Julie Englander.
Listen on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
Jacksons first-person main character is the sole survivor of a high-school
track teams traffic accident. Transformed by the experience, he transfers
to a new school, retreats into the privacy of running and becomes something
of a social and athletic phenomenon. The novel is a current reading suggestion
of USA Track & Field.
A Publishers Weekly preview concluded that this debut has an
undeniably quirky charm, Kirkus Reviews critique called the book a
first novel that gives new life to the subject of athletics and coming of
A quietly remarkable achievement of pathos and wit,. and Gavin
Quinn wrote for the American Library Associations Booklist that The
unforgettable and complex main character makes this novel well worth reading.
A graduate of Vassar College, where he has also taught, Jackson is a Henfield
Prize winner and former UI James A. Michener Fellow.
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