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Jan. 19, 2004

UI Alumna Jennifer Haigh Reads Feb. 1 On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights'

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Jennifer Haigh, author of the Pen/Hemingway award-winning "Mrs. Kimble," will read from her second novel, "Baker Towers," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 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

"Baker Towers," set in western Pennsylvania coal-mining town in the years just following the Second World War, portrays men and women of "the greatest generation." Haigh described the book as "an intimate novel, a book about the ways people behave when they think no one is looking."

A Booklist starred review by Kristine Huntley described "Baker Towers" as "a novel possessing a rare, quiet power to evoke a time long past and the character of the people who lived then."

An Entertainment Weekly review observed, "In clean, authoritative prose, Haigh uncannily injects new life into an era too often entombed by nostalgia."

And a starred Kirkus reviews called the book, "An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga . . . Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying."

Haigh's short stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, the Hartford Courant, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review and other periodicals.

The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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