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Jan. 6, 2006

'Live From Prairie Lights' Series Begins Spring Semester With Collins, Durham

University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will begin its "Live from Prairie Lights" broadcasts for the spring semester of 2006 with prolific Iowa mystery writer Max Allan Collins on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and historical fiction writer David Anthony Durham on Thursday, Jan. 19.

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

Collins, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, has just published the third book in his "road trilogy," which includes "Road to Perdition," adapted for the screen starring Tom Hanks. The new book is "Road to Paradise," which completes the story.

A preview in Publishers Weekly explained, "Shamus Award-winner Collins concludes his Road series with a gripping, blood-soaked journey down memory lane. It's 1973, and 50-year-old Michael O'Sullivan Jr., the young boy orphaned in 'Road to Perdition,' has Italianized his name to Michael Satariano and is boss and squeaky-clean mob frontman of the Cal-Neva Lodge and Casino at Lake Tahoe.

"Though a 'made man' and official member of Chicago's Cosa Nostra family, he plans to work a few more years at Cal-Neva before retiring with his beautiful wife and teenage daughter to a life of legitimacy. But simple plans like Michael's fare poorly when thrust against the gritty realities of the mob... Readers will eat it up and beg for more."

Collin's voluminous output includes numerous novels featuring detective Nathan Heller, a series of CSI novels (inspired by the popular TV series of the same name), novelizations of movies, a half-dozen "Disaster" tales and even a series of Eliot Ness novels.

Durham's most recent novel is "Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal," published in hardback last year and just released in paperback.

A review in Bookmarks Magazine said that the novel is "at once a sweeping saga, an intimate portrait of an individual, a military history, and a tale about love, devotion, and loyalty. Critics hailed such plays in scale, praising Durham for pulling off the risks of writing a panoramic history of epic battles while capturing the dramas of individuals, from Roman generals to North African kings, foot soldiers and former slaves."

Durham's previous work includes "Gabriel's Story" about black homesteaders and cowboys in the American West, and "Walk Through Darkness," the tale of a runaway slave. Each was selected as a "notable book" by the New York Times.

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