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Oct. 26, 2007

Auslander reads from 'Foreskin's Lament' Nov. 6 in Prairie Lights

Shalom Auslander will read from his comic memoir, "Foreskin's Lament," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University website 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.

Auslander, the author of "Beware of God," describes the neuroses of his Othrodox Jewish upbringing, and the traumas of breaking away, including his agitation about whether to circumcise his son.

"Shalom Auslander writes like Philip Roth's angry nephew," Tom Perrotta wrote. "God may be a bit irritated by this book, but I loved it."

And Matt Klam warned, "If you read this while you're eating, the food will come out your nose. 'Foreskin's Lament' is a filthy and slightly troubling dialogue with God, the big, old, physically abusive ultra orthodox God who brought His Chosen People out of Egypt to torture them with nonkosher Slim Jims."

Auslander, who was nominated for the Koret Award for writers under 35, has written for The New Yorker, Esquire and the New York Times Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to NPR's "This American Life."

The Nov. 6 reading is co-sponsored by Campus Hillel.

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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),