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March 10, 2006

New Novelist And Former Trapeze Artist Amanda Boyden Will Read On WSUI

New novelist Amanda Boyden will read from "Pretty Little Dirty," her debut novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

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

Dani Shapiro commented, "'Pretty Little Dirty' takes a classic coming-of-age tale and turns it inside out, then gives it a few kicks in the head for good measure."

Colleen Curran, author of "Whores on the Hill," wrote, "Boyden cracks open the vulnerable world of the adolescent girl today. Racy, dangerous and very captivating, 'Pretty Little Dirty' paints a hypnotic portrait of two girls spinning perilously out of control."

And Fredrick Barton, author of "A House Divided" gave this recommendation: "Amanda Boyden's white-hot prose surprises and scorches the reader with her disarming candor about sexual hunger, friendship compromised by envy, and ambition lacking focus."

Boyden, who was born in Minnesota and raised in Chicago and St. Louis, is now on the faculty of the English department of the University of New Orleans. Until recently, she worked as a contortionist and professional trapeze artist, after training at the Main Space School of Circus Arts in Toronto.

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