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July 8, 2005

Iowa City Novelist Bart Yates Reads July 21 On WSUI

Iowa City Novelist Bart Yates, author of the Alex Award-winning "Leave Myself Behind," will read from his new novel, "The Brothers Bishop," at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 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 WSUI's Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Whitney Scott wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist, "Gay high-school English teacher Nathan Bishop lives in the small Connecticut town and the house in which he grew up, unlike brother Tommy, a decidedly urban type who's a real love-'em-and-leave-'em player with the guys. Imagine quiet Nathan's surprise when Tommy arrives with his current hunk and a married couple (man-woman, yet) for a vacation of sun and sand at his brother's place.

"Teaching summer school to kids, including attractive and hormonal Simon, 15, doesn't keep Nathan from seeing married-man Kyle's obvious ambivalence about his sexuality -- a smoldering ember waiting to ignite. Kyle's confused, hurt wife, Camille, winds up drinking too much of the wine cellar Nathan inherited from dear old, abusive Dad. Add -- much to Tommy's lustful appreciation -- Simon to the already volatile mixture in Nathan's household, and the yearnings and entanglements extend to the school and the larger community in this smoothly written, well-paced exploration of issues of fathers and sons, forgiveness and acceptance."

In Iowa City, Yates works as a freelance musician and teacher. He has a master's degree from Boston University, and he plays clarinet in the jazz group Nica's Dream.

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