June 5, 2007
Van Booy Reads From Debut (Very) Short-Story Collection June 14
English writer Simon Van Booy will read from his first collection of short stories, "Secret Lives of People in Love," in a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 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: http://writinguniversity.uiowa.edu.
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.
Joanne Wilkinson wrote for Booklist, "In the 18 very short stories included in Van Booy's first collection, the resilient characters often emerge from bleak circumstances with an unexpected and completely engaging optimism. . . (H)e shows an uncanny ability to create intense moods and emotions within the space of a few poetic paragraphs."
And Roger Rosenblatt wrote, "Simon Van Booy's stories have the power and resonance of poems. They stay with you like significant memories."
Van Booy now lives in New York, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Long Island University.
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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