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July 11, 2007

Domini Reads From New Novel July 26 For 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Former Drake University faculty member John Domini will read from "Earthquake I.D.," his new novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore 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.

In "Earthquake I.D." an American marriage falls apart in Naples, Italy, as the ground beneath shudders. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Richard Ford described the book as "a rich feast-full of vivid incidents, of sparkling observations, wit, real mystery, characters we believe."

In an "Editor's Choice" review in the Literary Review, Thomas Burke wrote, "'Earthquake I.D.,' John Domini's second novel, is an exploration of contrasts: opulence and destitution; the loved, the loving, and the dissatisfied; intractable guilt, piety and sin; characters' faith in progress while deeply cemented in reality; all interspersed between studies of our varied, yet universal human contradictions. 'Earthquake I.D.' is what results when the sheltered and complacent are confronted with real urgency of situation. . . .

"'Earthquake I.D.' is a dramatic narrative of cosmopolitan ideas -- social commentary as it should be: implicit and available throughout the text, but neither obscuring nor overborne by a very well told story. Domini . . . calls us to consider our own participation (or lack thereof) in the game of contemporary world politics, which, to Domini's credit, includes references to politics on the local level and the heavily anesthetized U.S. population at large."

Domini is the author of the novel "Talking Heads: 77" and the short-story collections "Highway Trade" and "Bedlam." His next novel, "A Tomb on the Periphery," will be published next year, and his essay/review collection "The Sea-Bog's Herb" is scheduled for release in 2009.

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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