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Oct. 27, 2004

Photo: "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini

Writers Featured In November On WSUI's 'Java House' Program

Several prominent writers from the U.S. and abroad including "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini and "Housekeeping" author Marilynne Robinson will be heard on "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" programs in November.

The program is broadcast on WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station at 10 a.m. on Fridays. It is broadcast live from the Java House, 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community and cultural issues.

The shows are free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. The show is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

The 'Java House' lineup for November is:
- Nov. 5: A World View after U.S. Elections & Border Lord
Writers from around the world deliver their post-election thoughts and analysis. Since late August, 38 writers from 28 countries have been in Iowa as residents of the University of Iowa Writing Program. Participants will include Greek poet, novelist and journalist Alexis Stamatis; Nigerian poet and fiction writer Helon Habila; and Czech playwright and fiction writer Zdenka Becker. Live music will be performed by the Celtic ensemble Border Lord of Fairfield.

- Nov. 12: Khaled Hosseini & Volkan Orhon
Khaled Hosseini, nationally bestselling author of "The Kite Runner," shares insights about his critically acclaimed novel and our post-911 world. The first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, "The Kite Runner" is a sweeping historical epic that takes readers from the last days of the Afghan monarchy through the Soviet invasion and the reign of the Taliban. The Washington Post calls the book "a powerful, intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation." Live music will be performed by Turkish-born double bassist Volkan Orhon. Orhon is on the faculty at the University of Iowa and is principal double bass of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

- Nov. 19: Marilynne Robinson & The Letterpress Opry
Author Marilynne Robinson talks about her latest novel "Gilead," in which a mortally ailing minister writes to his young son about matters of life and death, love and hate, heaven and earth. Robinson is the author of three books and numerous essays and book reviews. Her acclaimed novel "Housekeeping" was included in the New York Times Books of the Century and made into a movie. She has been a professor at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop since 1991. The Letterpress Opry will provide live music.

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