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Oct. 24, 2007

Flannery O'Connor Award winner will read for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Anne Panning, whose "Super America" won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 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.

Justin Cronin commented, "These are flat-out wonderful stories, warm and funny and strange in all the best ways." And Samrat Upadhyay, author of "The Royal Ghosts," wrote, "With its stunning range of people and perspectives, 'Super America' shows us how generous the short story can really be."

Panning, a faculty member at SUNY-Brockport, is also the author of "The Price of Eggs." Her creative nonfiction and short stories have appeared publications including the Beloit Fiction Journal, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, the Black Warrior Review and In Short.

One of the most famous graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flannery O'Connor attended the UI in the 1940s. The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction is presented by the University of Georgia Press, which publishes the work of winners. Since the first award was given in 1983, nearly 50 short-story collections have appeared in the series.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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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),