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March 31, 2005

Stonich Reads From New Novel April 14 On WSUI

Canadian fiction writer Sarah Stonich, the author of "These Granite Islands," will read from her second novel, "Ice Chorus," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 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 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Ice Chorus" is a complex love story that moves from Toronto to coastal Ireland to a Mexican archaeological dig.

The preview in Publisher's Weekly observed, "Midlife renewal and the power of art to transform life are celebrated in this bittersweet tale."

Joanne Wilkinson wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist, "Stonich effortlessly conjures multiple vivid settings and uncommonly interesting characters even as she moves seamlessly between the past and the present. A subtle, lovely evocation of the transforming power of love."

Her debut, "These Granite Islands," has already been translated into six languages. It is a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, a Book Sense 76 Top Ten Pick, a nominee for France's Prix Letrices d'Elle award and a 2001 second-place winner in the Friends of American Writers' Best New Novel award. Stonich, who now lives in St. Paul, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers.

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