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Nov. 4, 2005

Writers' Workshop Student Davidson Reads ‘Live From Prairie Lights’ Nov. 17

Craig Davidson, an Iowa Writers' Workshop student from Canada, will read from his first collection of short stories, "Rust and Bone," on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The broadcast, originating as a live event hosted by Julie Englander in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, is accessible on the Internet at

A review in Canada's Nation Post, summarized, "Davidson, whose prose displays the urgency of good sports writing, sees the very process of measuring oneself up physically against an opponent as a defining one; often his characters learn about themselves in extreme situations."

A preview in Publishers Weekly advised, "A strong stomach, an open mind and a morbid sense of humor are essential to enjoying Davidson's accomplished, macabre first collection. Calamity lurks around every corner, these stories suggest, and you never know when fate will smite you -- only that it will."

And Joanne Wilkinson wrote for Booklist, "Davidson's eight short stories home in on men addicted to action, depicting boxers, basketball players and gamblers in kinetic, ferociously detailed prose... Davidson matches his stellar, energetic descriptions of physical confrontation with subtle, quirky explorations of human motivation.”

Davidson's stories have been published in The Fiddlehead, Event, Prairie Fire and SubTerrain. He also writes horror fiction under a pseudonym.

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

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