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June 28, 2007

Fiction Writers Banash And Antosca Read At Prairie Lights July 11

Fiction writers Jennifer Banash (photo) and Nick Antosca will read from their debut novels from Iowa City's Impetus Press in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 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:

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.

Impetus Press was founded to publish fiction falling in the gray area between commercial and experimental -- too serious and experimental for mainstream publishing but too entertaining and engaged with popular culture for the experimental presses.

Banash -- co-director of Impetus Press (, UI doctoral candidate in English, poet and former exotic dancer -- will read from "Hollywoodland," the tale of a hard-luck girl who goes west to become part of Hollywood's seedy underbelly.

Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of "An Almost Perfect Moment," wrote, "This novel belongs on the book shelf between 'Valley of the Dolls' and 'The Day of the Locust.'"

Antosca's "Fires" is a multi-layered story set partly in a college town but partly in the speculative present tense.

Victor LaValle, author of "The Ecstatic" called "Fires" "a novel full of creeping menace and near-apocalyptic lunacy" and Scott Heim, author of "Mysterious Skin," wrote, "It's often dark, often startlingly beautiful, and it's crammed with a smoky, foreboding atmosphere that kept pulling me along, thrilled and a little scared, toward the end."

Antosca's writing has appeared in the Barcelona Review, Identity Theory, the New York Tyrant, the Antietam Review, Hustler, Opium, elimae and other periodicals.

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,