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Release: Jan. 10, 2003
CALVIN TRILLIN READS ON WSUIS LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS
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
Isnt 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 Trillins novel is an unassuming New Yorker who
just wants to read his newspaper while he uses the full time hes paid
for on his parking meter, but somehow he becomes the focus of public and official
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 Cranes collection of stories about people recovering
from mishaps and missteps as clever, caustic . . . expertly shaped and
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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