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Release: Oct. 16, 2002

Sen. John McCain Will Read ‘Live From Prairie Lights’ Oct. 26

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who sought the Republican nomination for president of the United States in the 2000 election, will read from his book “Worth the Fighting For” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Building. The reading will be broadcast on the “Live from Prairie Lights” series hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The reading can be heard on the internet at

McCain’s reading will be part of a busy weekend on the “Live From Prairie Lights” series, including a reading by UI journalism faculty member Stephen Bloom at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library; and a reading by poet Lise Goett at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

In “Worth the Fighting For” McCain continues his memoir from where he left off in “Faith of My Fathers,” recounting his experiences after his release from a North Vietnamese POW camp.

A Publishers Weekly preview observed, “After two decades in Congress, he has plenty of stories to tell, beginning with his first experiences on Capitol Hill as a navy liaison to the Senate, where he became friends with men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and John Tower. (The latter friendship plays a crucial role in McCain's account of the battle over Tower's 1989 nomination for defense secretary.) He revisits the “Keating Five” affair that nearly wrecked his career in the early ‘90s, pointedly observing how the investigating Senate committee left him dangling for political reasons long after he’d been cleared of wrongdoing.

“There’s much less on his 2000 presidential campaign than one might expect; a single chapter lingers on a self-lacerating analysis of how he lost the South Carolina primary. (He admits, ‘I doubt I shall have reason or opportunity to try again’ for the White House, and may even consider retiring from the Senate.) Self-criticism is a recurring motif, as the senator berates himself for speaking recklessly or letting his temper get the best of him. He nevertheless takes pride in his status as a maverick and pays tribute to inspirational figures like Theodore Roosevelt, Ted Williams and Robert Jordan, the fictional protagonist of Hemingway’s ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ Luckily for McCain, he’s such an engaging storyteller most readers will readily accept these digressions from his own remarkable history.”

Bloom, the author of the acclaimed “Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the Heartland,” will read from his new book, “Inside the Writer’s Mind.” This book is a collection of his reporting throughout his 30-year career. Madeline Blais, author of “In These Girls Hope Is a Muscle” called Bloom’s work “a blissful marriage of lively writing and insightful reporting.”





Lise Goett’s “Waiting for the Paraclete” was the winner of the 2001 Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Carolyn Forche, author of “The Angel of History,” wrote, “For this poet, music is the soul’s correlative, the sheath that allows the journey to be borne.” And Richard Howard wrote, “Lise Goett is speaking for her life, and we are compelled to listen -- she is a Scheherazade of the spirit.”




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