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Jan. 2, 2004

WSUI "Live From Prairie Lights" Opens Archives

"Live from Prairie Lights," the series of broadcast readings hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will open its archives for broadcasts at 8 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 9 and 16. The broadcasts will feature Susan Kuehn Boyd on Jan. 9 and British novelist Edward Carey on Jan. 16.

Listen to the readings on the internet at

Boyd, the former "first lady" of the UI, will read from her short-story collection "The Wide-Brimmed Hat." This event was first broadcast in May 2002.

Included are stories selected for the O. Henry Awards and "Best American Short Stories," a two-week diary written during the student protests when Willard Boyd was president of the UI. Many of her stories have been translated and published in Europe and Asia.

Carey read from his book "Alva and Irva: The Twins Who Saved A City" in April of 2003. A veteran of the UI International Writing Program and a visiting faculty member in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Carey is both a fiction writer and a visual artist.

Carey has had five plays produced, most recently an adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers," and his first novel, "Observatory Mansions," was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Prize.

Carey Harrison wrote about "Alva and Irva" in the New York Times Book Review, "Entralla, the fictitious metropolis of Edward Carey's second novel, exists not only in our imaginations and in the pages of 'Alva & Irva' (which serves as Entralla's one and only guidebook) but in the form of tiny plasticine models of its streets and houses, seen in appealingly smudgy photographs that punctuate the novel. . . .

"What kind of city is Entralla? Like the photographs, it's smudgy and elusive... To evoke Europe's part and simultaneously to elude it is a tricky project, especially in these haunted times. But Carey writes with persuasive authority, and we are inclined to believe him."

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