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Oct. 6, 2006

Iowa Humorist Irelan Reads From "A Firefly In The Night" Oct. 19 On WSUI

Iowa humorist Patrick Irelan will introduce his new memoir, "A Firefly in the Night," in a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 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

A continuation of his popular book "Central Standard," which was published by the UI Press, "A Firefly in the Night" is a series of remembrances told with deadpan, self-deprecating humor. The title is a quote from Crowfoot, chief of the Blackfoot nation: "What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night."

Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Mary Swander wrote, "'A Firefly in the Night' sheds a big light on Midwestern life with all its eccentricities, its predictability and surprise. Like no other writer I know, Irelan perfectly captures the landscape of place and the character of the people of his native home. This warm, reflective memoir is a must read for anyone interested in the search for self."

Irelan was an editor for the UI Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have been published in numerous regional journals, including the Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine and the Wisconsin River Valley Journal.

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