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Sept. 8, 2005

Pulitzer Winner Smiley Headlines Sept. 19-22 Readings On WSUI

Jane Smiley, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna and former faculty member who won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Thousand Acres," will read at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Building, headlining a week of broadcasts on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, Sept. 19-22 on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

The other broadcasts, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will originate as free events in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

The other readings broadcast that week will be:

--Grinnell College faculty member David Campbell on Sept. 20.

--Writers' Workshop graduate Whitney Terrell on Sept. 21.

--Short-story writer Holiday Reinhorn -- another Iowa Writers' Workshop alum -- on Sept. 22.

Smiley will read from her new book, "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel," a non-fiction book which is at once an anatomy of the art of fiction, a guide for readers and writers and a memoir of literary life.

In addition to teaching at the UI, she was a faculty member at Iowa State University for many years, and has been a prolific author of novels, essays, reviews and other articles, including the recent bestsellers "Good Faith," "A Year at the Races," "Horse Heaven" and "Moo." In 2001, she was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters.

David Campbell, a professor of Biology at Grinnell College and author of "Crystal Desert," will read from "A Land of Ghosts," his new book about his trip to the mouth of the Amazon.

Edward Hoagland wrote, "'A Land of Ghosts' is a sizzling pilgrimage, haunted by trenchant foreboding that this topmost cream of creation will soon be destroyed."

Terrell's first book was the New York Times notable novel "The Huntsman." On Sept. 21, he will read from his new novel, "The King of Kings County."

A review in the Library Journal recommended the book: "All the characters ring true, as does the analysis of a city after the white upper-middle-class residents flee to the suburbs."

Reinhorn's debut collection of stories, "Big Cats," has been widely praised. Barry Hannah wrote, "Holiday Reinhorn is a vivid gem who burns the page every time she touches it. What humor, what pathos, what USA madness, gentle and vicious both. Ray Carver and Denis Johnson meet: as a woman."

And Pulitzer-winning Writers' Workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson wrote, "Holiday Reinhorn's 'Big Cats' is vivid, witty and very fresh. There is a deep strength in it, a gravity of vision that manifests itself in lyricism and in a striking narrative freedom. It is generous fiction, which seems to feel its powers, to enjoy itself in the reach of its generosity. It conjures a palpable world in striking language, always cordial to the reader, never false, flat or borrowed."

Reinhorn's work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast and other literary magazines. She is the recipient of a Tobias Wolff Award, a Pushcart nomination and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. "LAST SEEN," an independent feature film she adapted from one of her short stories and co-produced with filmmaker Eva Ilona Brzeski, premiered at the Mill Valley and Central Standard Film Festivals. She also offers creative writing classes for actors.

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

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