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Release: Feb. 14, 2003

Writers' Workshop Alumnus Arvin Reads "Live From Prairie Lights"

Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Nick Arvin will read "Live from Prairie Lights" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. During the same week, the "Live from Prairie Lights' schedule also includes a fiction reading by Sanjay Nigam at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27

Julie Englander of University of Iowa radio station WSUI will host the free readings, both of which will be broadcast on AM 910. Listen on the internet at .

Arvin will read from "In the Electric Eden: Stories," which reflects his background as an engineer in the product development division of Ford Motor Company. His stories cleverly address the ways in which machines, large and small, mediate human relationships.

Author John Burham Schwartz called the book "a wonderful, surprising, and -- yes -- illuminating debut." And writer Stewart O'Nan commented, "Nick Arvin is dauntless as a craftsman and fearless in his pursuit of a good tale."

Arvin has been the recipient of a Michener Grant, and his work has appeared in the Black Warrior Review.

Nigam, an American medical doctor of East Indian descent who previously wrote "The Snake Charmer," will read from his new book, "Transplanted Man." A Publishers Weekly preview observed, "Brilliantly weaving together elements of the Indian immigrant experience with ideas from modern medical science, Nigam sets his second novel in a Manhattan hospital, presenting a wry, revelatory look at the effects of displacement on contemporary life. ... (it) establishes Nigam as a major voice in contemporary Indian-American literature."

A Newsday review concluded, "Imaginative and philosophical, 'Transplanted Man' is a novel of contradictions, which it seeks less to reconcile than to embrace.

Nigam is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of California, San Diego. The Utne Reader included him in its list of 10 writers who represent the changing face of fiction.

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