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Oct. 12, 2007

Landvik reads from new novel Oct. 25 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Minneapolis novelist Lorna Landvik will read from her new book, "View from Mount Joy," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 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 "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.

Landvik, a former improvisational and stand-up comic, is the author of "Patty Jane's House of Curl," "Oh My Stars," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" and other book club favorites. In "View from Mount Joy" the main characters are a hockey player and a seductive cheerleader.

Carol Haggas wrote for Booklist, "Joe Andreson is one of the most likable guys a reader could hope to meet. From the popular, high-school hockey-playing all-star jock introduced in the first chapter to the circumspect father and dedicated husband portrayed in the twenty-sixth, watching Landvik's lovable hero navigate the predictable passages and surprising minefields of life is pure joy.

"The only child of a single mother, Joe defines himself primarily through his friends, two of whom will play pivotal roles throughout his life. As a new kid in Minneapolis' Ole Bull High School, Joe is instantly taken under the wing of bohemian art student Darva Pratt, though he's secretly in love with Old Bull's manipulative 'Miss Popularity,' Kristi Casey.

"As high school leads to college, which leads to careers and family, Joe's life will be indelibly linked to these two women in touching and terrifying ways. Once again displaying her genuine affection for Minnesota's salt-of-the-earth people and offbeat customs, Landvik's latest homespun homage is pure bliss."

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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),