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Sept. 13, 2007

Writers' Workshop alumnus Antoine Wilson reads from creepy novel Sept. 26

Antoine Wilson, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "The Interloper," his debut novel, in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University Web site at The 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. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City.

"The Interloper" is a first-person narrative of a descent into futile and dangerous obsession. Jess Walter wrote in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, "Oh, what thrilling dread, falling in with a character as twisted as the narrator of Antoine Wilson's terrific first novel, 'The Interloper.' It's like leaving a party with a designated driver, only to discover as you swerve down the driveway that your new friend is drunker than you are. Or worse, completely insane."

T.C. Boyle called the book "As assured and sumptuously written as any first novel I've encountered -- Antoine Wilson's prose sings and the story he tells here is both clever and compelling. This is writing at its very best."

Tiffany Lee-Youngren wrote in the San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wilson has come seemingly out of nowhere to deliver a novel that is confident, well-paced and very, very creepy. Were he to meddle in literary affairs again and again, the world would be the better for it."

Wilson was born in Canada and grew up in California, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. He is a contributing editor at the literary magazine A Public Space, and his work has also appeared in the Paris Review, the Blue Mesa Review, Gutcult, Quarterly West, Story Quarterly, the Madison Review and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies. One of his stories was included in the anthology "Best New American Voices 2001," edited by Charles Baxter. Visit Wilson's 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 CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights,, 319-337-2681; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),