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Release: July 12, 2002
UI Alumna Elizabeth Stuckey-French To
Elizabeth Stuckey-French, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
and a faculty member in the UI Summer Writing Festival, will read from her
first novel, Mermaids on the Moon, at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25,
in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
The free reading will be broadcast live on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910,
as part of the Live from Prairie Lights series. Listen on the
internet at < http://wsui.uiowa.edu >.
A review in Publishers Weekly called the book a wonderfully quirky
debut novel. . . . The author's talent for creating unconventional characters
and her clear insight into human nature converge in this page-turning tale
centered around a group of older women who become young again as they glide
and cavort in a special underwater world where fantasy and reality rarely
Molly Gorman wrote for the Library Journal, As refreshing, crisp, and
tangy as a summer drink, this is a beguiling read.
And Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, also a UI alum, wrote, Elizabeth
Stuckey-French succeeds brilliantly in a remarkable and difficult and enormously
entertaining artistic challenge: she portrays the antic surface of popular
culture and reveals the profound human yearnings beneath it. Mermaids
on the Moon is a funny, smart, and deeply affecting novel, and with
it Elizabeth Stuckey-French emerges as one of our finest young writers.
Stuckey-Frenchs short fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly,
the Gettysburg Review, the Southern Review, Five Points and other literary
magazines. At the UI she was a James A. Michener Fellow, and she has received
grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.
Now a faculty member at Florida State University, she in her second term
teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. I love teaching fiction
writing, she told the Atlantic Monthly. Aside from actually writing,
it's what I like to do best. Granted, as a teacher I pour a lot of creative
energy into other people's work, but I like talking about writing, reading
and discussing stories with my students, and watching their stories develop.
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