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April 26, 2007

Popular Novelist Elizabeth Berg Reads On 'Live From Prairie Lights' May 10

Fiction writer Elizabeth Berg, the author of "Talk Before Sleep," "Range of Motion" and "The Year of Pleasures," will read from her 14th novel, "Dream When You're Feeling Blue," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

The free event 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 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.

Berg's new novel, set in Chicago during World War II, depicts three sisters in a lively Irish family.

Critic Joan Gould described Berg as "one of those rare souls who can play with truths as if swinging across the void from one trapeze to another." Gloria Mitchell observed that her books are "sincere, unpretentious, somewhat sentimental, and focused on an event that changes a woman's life. . . . (A) taut, intelligent foray into the forces that shape ordinary people's lives (and) the infinite resilience of the human spirit."

Berg -- who was a waitress, chicken washer, rock 'n' roll singer, information clerk and registered nurse before she became a popular author -- wrote the New York Times bestsellers "True to Form," "Never Change" and "Open House," which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. "Durable Goods" and "Joy School" were selected as American Library Association Best Books of the Year, and "Talk Before Sleep" was short-listed for the ABBY (American Booksellers Book of the Year) Award. Berg was honored with the New England Booksellers Award for her body of work.

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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