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April 26, 2007

Science Fiction Writer Scalzi Reads On 'Live From Prairie Lights' May 3

Cambell Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated science fiction writer John Scalzi will read from his latest novel, "The Last Colony," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Website:

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.

"The Last Colony" is the third of Scalzi's series of books set in the "old man's war" universe, following "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades."

Scalzi says that by his mid-teens "it became clear to me that I had better become a writer because everything else was actual work." He began as a film critic at the Fresno Bee, and his subsequent work has included not only the science fiction novels but also several volumes in the "Rough Guide" series and contributions to the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series. This year he published "You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing."

Scalzi is also a blogger, at

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.

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