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Oct. 6, 2004

Fiction Writer Rick DeMarinis Reads On Oct. 18 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Acclaimed fiction writer Rick DeMarinis will read from the short-story collection "Borrowed Hearts: New and Selected Stories," just out in paperback, at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at <>.

A critique in the New York Times Book review recommended, "this greatest-hits anthology . . . serves as an ideal curbside roost from which to contemplate his tantalizing, if often brooding, artistry."

Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist, "His characters are bizarrely poetic and often caught in the grip of some extreme conviction that, through the power of DeMarinis' wry compassion, begins, disquietingly, to make some sort of sense."

DeMarinis is the author of more than a dozen books, including the recent novel "Sky Full of Sand." In addition to novels and short-story collections, he is the author of "The Art and Craft of the Short Story." His short stories have appeared in Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ, the Paris Review, the Iowa Review and other journals.

Among his awards are two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Drue Heinz Prize for short fiction, the Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Independent Publishers Award for the best book of short fiction.

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