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July 6, 2007

Les Claypool Of Primus Will Read July 19 For 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Les Claypool, best known as the bassist/singer of the idiosyncratic rock group Primus and composer of the "South Park" TV theme, will read from his debut novel, "South of the Pumphouse," at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 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 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.

"South of the Pumphouse" is a dark tale about two brothers, a fishing trip, misconceptions, drugs and murder. A preview in Publishers Weekly concluded, "his characters' escalating savagery culminates in a satisfyingly unsettling conclusion."

Since disbanding Primus several years ago, Claypool has been involved in a variety of projects: musical ventures including Oysterhead, The Les Claypool Frog Brigade, and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains; DVDs; and the award-winning mockumentary "Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo." His latest CD is the solo project "Of Whales and Woe," released last year.

Claypool's wife, Chaney, is an Iowa City native.

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 additional information about the reading call Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;