WRITER: LESLIE DELEVAN
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 12, 2002
WSUI's 'Live from Prairie Lights' features Richard Russo June 18
Russo will read from his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "Empire Falls,"
on Tuesday, June 18 at 8 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium as part of the "Live
from Prairie Lights" broadcasts on WSUI-AM 910, the University of Iowa's
public radio station.
Joining Russo will be new writer Julia Glass, who will be reading from her
first novel, "Three Junes," which reveals the interconnected lives
of different generations of the McLeod family over the course of three crucial
In "Empire Falls," Russo has transformed the satirical story of
one small town into an exploration of the human condition. The book delves
into the blue-collar heart of America with the story of a man who has been
flipping burgers for the last 20 years of his life. The job cost him his college
education and much of his self-respect, yet he refuses to leave.
Russo grew up in Gloversville, N.Y., a middle-class town that has served
as a prototype for the fictional towns in "Empire Falls" and two
other novels, "Mohawk," and "The Risk Pool." His other
book, "Nobody's Fool," was recently made into a feature film starring
Paul Newman and Bruce Willis. Russo currently teaches writing at Colby College
in Waterville, Maine.
Hosted by Julie Englander, "Live from Prairie Lights" is aired
on WSUI-AM 910. Other upcoming 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. They include:
-- June 21: Novelist Timothy Schaffert will read from his first book, "The
Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters," a story of two sisters as they
try to overcome the wounds of their childhood.
-- June 24: Poet Bruce Bond will read from his fourth collection, "The
Throats of Narcissus." Bond is currently the director of creative writing
at North Texas University.
-- June 25: Jean Harfenist will read from her new book, "A Brief History
of the Flood."
This series of eleven stories chronicles the life Lillian Anderson and her
family in the small Minnesota town of Acorn Lake, as Lillian journeys from
eight years old to 18.
-- June 26: Katherine Towler will read from her celebrated new novel, "Snow
Island," a poignant novel about a girl coming of age during World War
-- June 28: Novelist John Wray will read from "The Right Hand of Sleep,"
a moral tale of Germany and Austria between the world wars.