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Release: Jan. 10, 2003


Prolific humorist, columnist, food writer, lecturer and frequent talk-show guest Calvin Trillin will be featured when the “Live From Prairie Lights” series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio stations WSUI, AM 910, begins its 2003 schedule.

The opening week will present:

-- Trillin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 reading from his new novel “Tepper Isn’t Going Out”; and

-- a joint reading by fiction writers Elizabeth Crane and Robert Mailer Anderson at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

The title character in Trillin’s novel is an unassuming New Yorker who just wants to read his newspaper while he uses the full time he’s paid for on his parking meter, but somehow he becomes the focus of public and official fascination.

Trillin has contributed to publications including The New Yorker, The Nation, USA Today and Time magazine for more than 30 years, and has been called "perhaps the finest reporter in America" and “a classic American humorist.” He is the author of more than 20 books, including collections of his short pieces, novels, history, food books and a memoir.

On Jan. 24, Crane will read from her new short-story collection “When the Messenger is Hot,” and Anderson will read from his new novel “Boonville.”

Book Forum described Crane’s collection of stories about people recovering from mishaps and missteps as “clever, caustic . . . expertly shaped and polished.”

Crane's stories have appeared in the Sycamore Review, Washington Square, Weep Daily, New York Stories, Book, the Florida Review and Eclipse.

Darkly comic, Boonville tells of these two young people actively searching for self and community in a small town of misfits, rednecks, and counter-culture burnouts. The San Francisco Weekly called the book “a sardonic and beautifully imagined first novel,” and the Anderson Valley Advertiser suggested, “Anderson my be the WASP Lenny Bruce.”

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