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Release: Jan. 31, 2003
'Live from Prairie Lights' Features IWP Veteran van Heerden
The "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander
on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature South African
writer Etienne van Heerden 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Prairie
Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
Van Heerden, a veteran of the UI International Writing Program (IWP), will
read from "The Long Silence of Mario Salviati," his magical-realist
A Publishers Weekly preview of the translation, just released in the United
States, concludes, "The bloom may be off the rose with regard to magic
realism as a genre, but Van Heerden proves that there's plenty of life in
Van Heerden is Hofmeyr Professor in the Department of Southern African Languages
at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and founder-editor of LitNet,
South Africa's largest multicultural online journal. A lawyer by training,
he writes poetry, short stories and novels in Afrikaans, and his fiction has
been translated into 10 languages.
Van Heerden was in residency at the IWP in the 1990s, and he returned last
fall to present the Paul Engle Memorial Reading, in conjunction with the IWP's
"New Media Poetry" conference.
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