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Sept. 21, 2005

Alumna Bauer Reads From Debut Novel On 'Live From Prairie Lights' Oct. 4

Ann Bauer will read from her debut novel, "A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards," adapted from her memoir thesis in the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

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. Listen on the Internet at

Garrison Keillor wrote, "This is a phenomenal first novel, a story of mother love and ferocity and doggedness, told with delicacy and humor." Meg Wolitzer called the book "original and astonishing"; Frederick Busch praised it for its "courageous precision"; and a review in Entertainment Weekly recommended it as "exceptional storytelling."

UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Chris Offutt commented: "Ann Bauer has written a beautiful book about a very difficult situation -- a child who is different from the rest. Her voice is sincere and honest, her prose lyric, and her story unforgettable."

Bauer says of her UI experience, "I learned so much -- about writing, about story, about revision. I happened to work with a woman, a truly great essayist named Patricia Foster, who was generous and funny and smart and who made me feel powerful when I wrote. That was a real gift."

Bauer is now an essayist, journalist and fiction writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. She works as an editor and writer for Minnesota Monthly in the Twin Cities.

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