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Sept. 28, 2007

UI alumna Chelsea Cain reads Oct. 11 for 'Live at Prairie Lights'

Chelsea Cain, a University of Iowa alumna who wrote a column in the Daily Iowan while attending graduate school in journalism, will read from her first thriller, "Heartsick," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 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 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 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.

"Heartsick" features an imprisoned female serial killer, a cop she once tortured, a wisecracking pink-haired-punk crime reporter and another serial killer terrorizing Portland. Cain explains, "I guess that I shouldn't be surprised to find myself writing thrillers. It does bring together many of my interests: forensic pathology, medicine, damaged heroes, dead pets, Nancy Drew, TV cops shows, my home of Portland, Ore., and having an excuse to be alone in a room for long periods."

Writer Chuck Palahniuk commented, "With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter."

Dominick Dunne called Cain "a wonderful -- and terrifying -- storyteller," and a starred review in Booklist predicted, "This could well be the thriller of the year."

Cain writes a weekly column in the Oregonian and is the author of the Nancy Drew parody "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth" and the memoir "Dharma Girl." She edited "Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture" and co-authored "Does This Cape Make Me Look Fat? Pop Psychology for Superheroes" and "The Hippie Handbook: How to Tie-Dye a T-Shirt, Flash a Peace Sign, and Other Essential Skills for the Carefree Life."

The Journalism Department is a unit in 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),