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April 26, 2005

Elizabeth Berg Reads From New Novel May 9 On WSUI

Fiction writer Elizabeth Berg, the author of "Talk Before Sleep" and "Range of Motion," will read from her 13th novel, "The Year of Pleasures," at 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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

In "The Year of Pleasures," a middle-aged widow honors a promise made to her late husband when she leaves the city for the simplicity of a small Midwestern town.

Critic Joan Gould described Berg as "one of those rare souls who can play with truths as if swinging across the void from one trapeze to another." Gloria Mitchell observed that her books are "sincere, unpretentious, somewhat sentimental, and focused on an event that changes a woman's life. . . . (A) taut, intelligent foray into the forces that shape ordinary people's lives (and) the infinite resilience of the human spirit."

Berg -- who was a waitress, chicken washer, rock 'n' roll singer, information clerk and registered nurse before she became a popular author -- wrote the New York Times bestsellers "True to Form," "Never Change" and "Open House," which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. "Durable Goods" and "Joy School" were selected as American Library Association Best Books of the Year, and "Talk Before Sleep" was short-listed for the ABBY award. Berg was honored with the New England Booksellers Award for her body of work.

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