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Nov. 14, 2007

New Yorker critic Judith Thurman will read for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

New Yorker critic Judith Thurman will read from "Cleopatra's Nose," a collection of 20 years of her essays, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University Web site at The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "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.

Thurman is a feminist who is fascinated with human vanity, femininity and "women's work." Her subjects in this collection include iconic women -- Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the Brontës, Toni Morrison, Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Anne Frank -- as well as tofu, performance art, pornography, platform shoes, kimonos and bulimia.

Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist, "Because Thurman's essays are so deeply felt and arc so elegantly from the uniqueness of each individual to the greater conundrums of humankind, they are, indeed, exquisite works of art deserving a book's more lasting embrace."

Thurman is the author of "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller," winner of the National Book Award, and "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette."

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),