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Sept. 12, 2007

Cass reads from 'Head Case' for WSUI 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 24

Minneapolis freelance journalist Dennis Cass will read from "Head Case: How I Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the Writing University website at

The 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.

Cass volunteered for a variety of neurological tests and procedures, and his new book reports from the far reaches of consciousness.

Cass explains: "'Head Case' is an accessible survey of basic concepts in neuroscience. It's also a memoir about fathers and sons, prescription drug abuse and mental illness, and why some people shouldn't live in New York City. It's a popular science book for people who would never in a million years read a popular science book, and it might be the shortest book that has ever written about the human brain that's not aimed at children. Head Case is also about babies. And cigarettes. But not smoking around babies. There is also some stuff in there about cave people."

Cass' work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, Harper's Magazine, Mother Jones and Restaurant Business. He has also appeared on NPR's "This American Life" and has been a columnist for, GQ and the online journal Slate. Visit his personal blog at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,