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April 13, 2006

Writers' Workshop Faculty Member D'Ambrosio Headlines April 25-28 WSUI Readings

Short-story master Charles D'Ambrosio, a graduate and current visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will highlight a week of broadcasts, April 25-28, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

The readings at 7 p.m. will originate in free events hosted by Julie Englander in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

The week's schedule will be:

-- Fiction writer Ken Foster, reading non-fiction, on Tuesday, April 25.

-- Fiction writer Rebecca Johns on Wednesday, April 26.

-- D'Ambrosio on Friday, April 28.

Foster, who reads Tuesday, has become involved in dog rescue. His new book is "The Dogs Who Found Me," a collection of stories about the dogs he's saved. Amy Hempel, author of "The Dog of the Marriage" and "Reasons to Live," wrote, "Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."

On Wednesday, Writers' Workshop alumna Johns will read from her debut novel, "Icebergs," a tale of World War II and it's effect on two families across generations. Writing for Booklist, Jerry Eberle called the book "A deeply satisfying novel that shows how people -- like icebergs -- often reveal only 10 percent of themselves, while the rest remains hidden beneath the surface."

D'Ambrosio will finish the week by reading from his eagerly awaited second collection of short fiction, "The Dead Fish Museum." A Publishers Weekly starred review stated, "Ten years after his first collection, 'The Point,' D'Ambrosio checks in with a gemlike set of eight stories in which wayward, self-deceiving characters set out to make order of their customary chaos -- and realize they are more likely to find unhappy company than catharsis."

D'Ambrosio's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review and in numerous anthologies, including "Best American Short Stories." His work has received a number of prizes including a James Michener Fellowship at the UI and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of "Orphans," a book of essays.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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