Jan. 10, 2007
New Era Of 'Live From Prairie Lights' Broadcasts Begins With January Readings
A new era is beginning for the "Live from Prairie Lights" series of broadcast readings, which originates on University of Iowa radio station WSUI. The 7 p.m. events in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. will continue to be "live" events, hosted by Julie Englander, that the public is invited to attend free of charge, but the readings will be taped and produced for weekend broadcasts.
As part of the new Iowa Public Radio programming, hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions will air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI, AM 640 WOI and AM 1010 KRNI. A program will also be broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI.
The first readings to be taped for delayed broadcast will occur Jan. 23, 25 and 26:
-- Anthony Signorelli, co-founder of the Center for Thoughtful Democracy, reading from "Call to Liberty: Bridging the Divide Between Liberal and Conservative" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23;
-- Laura Kasischke reading from her third novel, "Be Mine," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25; and
-- Tim Fay and friends reading from the new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.
In his introduction to "Call to Liberty," Signorelli explains, "'Polarization' is the new cliché in American political discourse: Red states/Blue states, Republicans/Democrats, liberals/conservatives. Many people lament the polarization, even though it seems to define contemporary political experience. Many Americans experience it in name-calling, shouting and arguing at family gatherings.
"Tired of the ruckus, some families make deals: 'Our family doesn't discuss politics. We prefer to keep the peace.' Perhaps noble from the standpoint of the family, such decisions made in large numbers become damaging to the political culture of the nation. Such silence is interpreted as acceptance, even when it is not acceptance. One purpose of this book is to open the paths of dialogue and end the silence."
Of "Be Mine" Maria Hatton wrote for Booklist, "English teacher Sherry Seymour has been comfortably married for a long time, and now, like many empty-nesters, is having difficulty adjusting to her only son being away at college. She drifts through the tedium of her days until she receives the note in her school mailbox that reads, 'Be Mine.' Sherry is intrigued. She has no idea who could have sent it, but the idea she has a secret admirer appeals to her. She's emotionally vulnerable, and as the notes become increasingly familiar, and as her husband discloses his fantasy that she should have an affair, Sherry determines to approach the fellow teacher she believes is courting her.
"So begins Sherry's spiral into dark and sensual delights as she risks everything: her family, her marriage, and herself. What makes this erotic thriller disturbing and, therefore, successful is how convincingly Kasischke renders Sherry's life and feelings so eerily normal and familiar, ensuring the unsettling portents are all but unnoticed until it is too late."
Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa, has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.
Joining Fay for the reading will be contributors Beth Chacey of Cedar Rapids, Skip Willits of Camanche), Monica Leo of Iowa City, Barbara Robinette Moss of Kansas City, Raymond Tinnian of Kalona and Elizabeth Wisnosky of Iowa City.
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