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Release: March 7, 2003

"Live From Prairie Lights" Features Hustvedt, Miller

The "Live From Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will continue through UI spring break with readings by Siri Hustvedt on Tuesday, March 18 and Sue Miller on Friday, March 21. The free public readings, hosted by Julie Englander, will be at 8 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Hustvedt will read from her new novel, "What I Loved," of which Salman Rushdie wrote, "It mesmerizes, rouses, disturbs. Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom."

A pre-publication review in Publishers Weekly called the book "a breakout work for Hustvedt."

Critic Donna Seaman wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist, "In her third novel, Hustvedt, a sophisticated and alluring writer drawn to the psyche's most convoluted passageways, co-opts New York's competitive and faddish art world for its symbol-laden milieu. . . . By wedding the ordinary torments of family life with the heightened sensibilities of artists and a criminal grotesqueness, Hustvedt ponders the dark side of inheritance and creativity and the crushing burdens of love."

Hustvedt's previous novels were "The Blindfold" and "The Enchantment of Lily Dahl."

Novelist Sue Miller will read from her first volume of non-fiction, "The Story of My Father," a memoir of losing a parent to Alzheimer's disease.

A Publishers Weekly preview called the book "a rare example of an illness memoir with widespread appeal. Prospective readers need not have any interest in Alzheimer's; they need only have parents of their own to appreciate this testimony's dignity and grace."

Critic Joanne Wilkinson wrote, "Miller's heartbreaking story of her gentle clergyman father's descent into Alzheimer's disease is part bibliotherapy, part memoir as she struggles to conquer her grief and banish her last haunting images of him, hoping to reclaim him as the loving parent he was for most of his life."

Miller's work includes the novels "The World Below," "While I Was Gone," "The Distinguished Guest," "For Love," "Family Pictures," "Inventing the Abbotts" and "The Good Mother."

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