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March 28, 2006

Novelist Strout To Read On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' April 10

Elizabeth Strout will read from her second novel, "Abide With Me," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 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

Strout, the author of "Amy and Isabelle," a best-seller about mothers and daughters, has written a book that Nicholas Delbanco described as "a story of small-town New England and one man's pained, persistent grappling with bigotry and faith," and recommended as a book that "has the ring of truth. Issues of family, of love and loss are delicately probed throughout: this is a brave, rare book."

A piece in the New York Times Book Review called "Abide With Me" "One of those rare, invigorating books that take an apparently familiar world and peer into it with ruthless intimacy, revealing a strange and startling place."

"Amy and Isabelle" won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Strout's short stories have been published in The New Yorker and other magazines. She is on the faculty of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.

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