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Release: Jan 28, 2002

'Live from Prairie Lights' broadcasts on WSUI set for Feb.1-15

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The covers of books by authors who will be reading at upcoming "Live from Prairie Lights" programs are (from left) Absolute Zero by Chuck Logan, Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri, Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir, by Madelon Sprengnether, Chosen Prey by John Sandford and The Old American by Ernest Hebert.
LeAnne Howe, who will read from her first novel Shell Shakers.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Upcoming "Live from Prairie Lights" readings broadcast on WSUI-AM 910 will feature Ernest Hebert, Leanne Howe, Madelon Sprengnether, Manil Suri, John Sandford and Chuck Logan.

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. Upcoming events include:

-Feb. 4 Ernest Hebert, one of New England's most highly regarded writers, will read from his novel, "The Old American." Set during the French and Indian Wars, this book tells the story of a self-styled "king" who returns from a French and Iroquois raiding party with an English captive.

-- Feb. 8: LeAnne Howe, graduate of Grinnell College, former Iowa City resident, and member of the Choctaw Nation, will read from her first novel "Shell Shakers."

-- Feb 11: University of Minnesota professor Madelon Sprengnether will read from "Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir," a memoir about going to movies as a form of therapy.

-- Feb. 12: Manil Suri, reading from "Death of Vishnu" a New York Times Notable Book of the Year last year. In the novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, an apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India.

-- Feb.15: A pair of thriller writers, John Sandford and Chuck Logan will read from their latest works. Logan's new novel, "Absolute Zero," has been highly praised, and the Edgar-winning Sandford will read from his new novel "Chosen Prey."