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April 10, 2007

'Live From Prairie Lights' Will Record Free Reading By Rosner April 23

The "Live from Prairie Lights" radio program will record a reading by novelist Elizabeth Rosner at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The public is invited to be part of the live audience, or to listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

The "Live from Prairie Lights" series originates on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City.

Rosner's reading from "Blue Nude" will be co-sponsored by Campus Hillel. Like her debut, "The Speed of Light," her new novel reflects the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Jonathan Wilson, author of "A Palestine Affair," wrote, "What I like especially about Elizabeth Rosner's 'Blue Nude' is its patience and careful pace, both utterly appropriate to a story of troubled reconciliation. In its insistence that sweetness (honeyed, not saccharine) can come out of violence, 'Blue Nude' resembles the astonishing Israeli film 'Walk on Water,' which also takes on the contemporary legacy of German-Jewish relations. It helps that Ms. Rosner has a poet's eye and an enviable ability to allow both her lapidary sentences and her deeply complex characters space to breathe."

"The Speed of Light" was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and the Prix France Bleu Gironde.

The Writing University Web site provides a handy portal to the UI writing programs -- including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Workshop, the UI Press and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The site also centralizes writing news, lists upcoming events and provides access to a wealth of writing materials -- texts, journals, lists of Iowa-connected writers and publications, historic videos and archived audio. Visitors to the site have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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