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Oct. 3, 2006

Novelist Horn Presents Oct. 16 WSUI Reading

Dara Horn will present a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be broadcast on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

Horn, whose first novel, "In the Image," won the National Jewish Book Award, will read from her second novel, "The World to Come."

Critic Gisele Toueg called the new book "an intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion. . . . From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn takes readers on an amazing journey through the sacred and the profane elements of the human condition."

An "editor's choice" review in Entertainment Weekly called the book "nothing short of amazing."

Horn received her doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. Her work has appeared in many national and international publications, and she has also worked for Newsweek, Time and the New Republic. She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College, and has lectured at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada.

The Oct. 16 reading is co-sponsored by Hillel House.

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