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Release: Feb. 28, 2003

Erdrich Reads On UI "Live From Prairie Lights" Series March 13

Fiction writer Louise Erdrich, one of America's most popular writers, will be featured on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, at 8 p.m. March 13. The free reading will be in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Erdrich will read from her new novel, "The Master Butchers' Singing Club," set in post-World War I North Dakota.

Critic Gisele Toueg called the novel a "powerfully told story of love, death, redemption, and resurrection. . . . Her ability to infuse each character with a distinct and multifaceted personality makes this novel an intimate and thought-provoking adventure."

A preview in Publishers Weekly concluded, "All of the virtues of Erdrich's best works -- her lyrical precision, bleakly beautiful North Dakota settings, deft interweaving of characters and subplots, and haunting evocation of love and its attendant mysteries -- are on full display in this superb novel... With its lush prose, jolts of wisdom and historical sweep, this story is as rich and resonant as any Erdrich has told."

Erdrich grew up in North Dakota of Ojibwe and German heritage. She is the author of eight novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning "Love Medicine" and the National Book Award finalist "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse." Her short fiction has won the National Magazine Award and is included in the O. Henry and Best American short-story collections.

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