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Feb. 24, 2006

Kevin Brockmeier Reads From His Second Novel On WSUI March 8

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Kevin Brockmeier, who returned to the UI to teach last semester, will read from "The Brief History of the Dead," his second novel, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The broadcast will originate in a free event hosted by Julie Englander in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Brockmeier's other, even newer book is "Grooves: A Kind of Mystery," a story for children in which secret messages are imbedded in the weave of jeans, revealed only by friction.

"The Brief History of the Dead" takes place in The City, where the recently departed reside only as long as they remain in the memories of the living.

Colson Whitehead, author of "Paradise Alley" called "The Brief History of the Dead" "a brilliant high-wire act, at turns terrifying, wise, and humane. Kevin Brockmeier builds an intricate labyrinth, then guides us through with wit and aplomb."

Brockmeier made his debut with "The Truth About Celia," and he is also the author of the story collection "Things That Fall from the Sky" and the children's novel "City of Names."

He has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, the Georgia Review, McSweeney's and "The Best American Short Stories." His story "The Green Children" from "The Truth About Celia" was selected for "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror." He has received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship at the UI, two O. Henry Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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

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