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March 10, 2005

Illinois Writer Guill Reads From Debut Novel March 23 On WSUI

Jane Guill, a first-time novelist from Galena, Ill., will read from her historical epic of 14th-century Wales, "Nectar From a Stone," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 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

Margaret Flanagan wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist, "Tinged with mysticism and set amid the craggy and often foreboding landscape of 14th-century Wales, this haunting romantic saga features enough suspenseful twists to keep the pages turning at a rapid pace.

"After apparently killing her brutally abusive husband in self-defense, clairvoyant Elise is beset by disturbing visions as she and her loyal maidservant attempt to make their way cross-country to the city of Conwy, where they hope to secure work and anonymity.

"Vowing to avenge the murder of his father and sister and to reclaim both his birthright and his estate, enigmatic nobleman Gwydion crosses paths with the women several times, growing ever more attracted to Elise.

"Plagued by guilt for the horrific crime she believes she committed, Elise is unable to reveal her true feelings to a bitter Gwydion. As their parallel stories intersect, the two would-be lovers must both wrestle with the demons of their past before they can embark upon a future together. This authentically detailed historical adventure is irresistibly interwoven with elements of passion, intrigue and the supernatural."

Guill, a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council awards, divides her time between far northwest Illinois and North Wales. She has attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and has been an archaeological illustrator, bartender and travel agent. Her drawings have been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, Bradley University's museum, the Las Vegas Museum of Fine Art and Chicago's Bernard Horwich Center.

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