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Release: Sept. 5, 2002
PRAIRIE LIGHTS READINGS FEATURE HASLETT, ANGUELOV AND HINOJOSA
Live from Prairie Lights, the series of free readings broadcast
on University of Iowa public radio station WSUI, AM 910, will present three
readings the week of Sept. 16-20:
-- UI Writers Workshop grad Adam Haslett on Monday, Sept. 16;
-- Iowa Citian Zlatko Anguelov, editor of Currents for UI Health Care, on
Wednesday, Sept. 18; and
-- Chicano author Rolando Hinojosa on Friday, Sept. 20.
The readings, hosted by Julie Englander at 8 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore
at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, can be heard on the internet at
Haslett will read from his debut short-story collection, You Are Not
a Stranger Here, which debuted on the New York Times best-seller list
as number 11, and is now number 15.
In what Publishers Weekly described as a strikingly assured first effort,
Haslett explores the complex phenomena of depression and mental illness,
drawing a powerful connection between those who suffer and those who attempt
to alleviate that suffering.
Jonathan Franzen wrote, Adam Haslett is a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned
young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent
to say. Haslett's great gifts as a writer - his fearlessness in particular
- are a great gift to the reader. You're likely not only to love his stories
but to feel stronger for having read them.
Anguelov, a native of Bulgaria, will read from Communism and the Remorse
of an Innocent Victimizer, the memoir of his life in a communist country
during the Cold War.
Frederick Quinn, author of Democracy at Dawn, wrote, First
person accounts of this quality are rare from behind the former Iron Curtain,
rarer still from Bulgaria. The broader themes of history and politics are
skillfully introduced, and the turmoil they induced in Bulgaria is vividly
represented . . . by far one of the most interesting works Ive read
from contemporary Eastern Europe.
Hinojosa, a professor of English at the University of Texas, is a major figure
in Mexican-American literature. His first novel Estampas del Valle
(1972) won him the important Premio de las Casas de las Americas (Havana),
and made him widely known in North and South America. Since then he has added
to the fictional world of Klail City, Belken County on the Rio Grande, also
called The Valley, in a bilingual series of novels he calls The
Klail City Death Trip, chronicling more than 60 years of changing Anglo-
Mexican relations on that part of the Rio Grande.
A review in the New York Times stated, Although Hinojosas sharp
eye and accurate ear capture a place, its people and time in a masterly way,
his work goes far beyond regionalism. He is a writer for all readers.
His many honors include the award for Best Writing in the Southwest in 1981
and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and
recognition as the Outstanding Latino Faculty by the Hispanic caucus of the
American Association for Higher Education.
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