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Release: Oct. 16, 2002
Sen. John McCain Will Read Live From Prairie Lights Oct. 26
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
McCains 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 hed been cleared of wrongdoing.
Theres 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 Hemingways For Whom the Bell
Tolls. Luckily for McCain, hes such an engaging storyteller most
readers will readily accept these digressions from his own remarkable history.
the author of the acclaimed Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the Heartland,
will read from his new book, Inside the Writers 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 Blooms
work a blissful marriage of lively writing and insightful reporting.
Goetts 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 souls 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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