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April 20, 2007

Slouka Reads From Acclaimed New Novel At Prairie Lights May 4

Mark Slouka will read from his second novel, "The Visible World," at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the UI Writing University Website:

The reading will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating 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 AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

In "The Visible World" the son of Czech emgires returns to Prague, where he discovers his parents' dramatic World War II history.

The new novel has been winning rave reviews at every turn. Kirkus Reviews called the book, "An eloquent testament to the power of storytelling." Patricia Hampl wrote, "It's a triumph of storytelling. . . . When has an elegy ever been so passionate, and historical moment so fully imagined?" And recent UI Writers' Workshop graduate Daniel Alarcon asserted, "Mark Slouka has written a staggeringly beautiful novel."

Slouka is the author of the novel "God's Fool," named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle; the short story collection "Lost Lake," a New York Times Notable Book in 1998; and the nonfiction work "War of the Worlds."

Three of his essays have been selected for inclusion in "The Best American Essays," and his short story "The Woodcarvers Tale" won the National Magazine Award for fiction. He is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, and is currently the director for the writing program at the University of Chicago.

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.

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