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April 16, 2008

Sorting out the Masons at Prairie Lights, April 24 and 25

Novelist Daniel Mason will read from his new book at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, followed the next evening, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, by Oklahoma brain-injury case worker Michael Paul Mason. Listen live to this completely coincidental convergence of Masons via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

Both events will 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 and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Daniel Mason, the author of the bestselling "The Piano Tuner," is back with the paperback release of "A Far Country," which traces a 14-year-old girl's journey through a vast, unnamed South American country in search of her brother, who has moved to a city in search of a better life.

A review in the School Library Journal described the book as "A poetic meditation on poverty, development, and the unwavering strength of family ties among the rural poor in the Third World." And a review in the San Francisco Chronicle asserted, "Mason's power as a storyteller is to plunge the reader into a world so perfectly detailed that we don't just see it through the protagonist's eyes. All of our senses are engaged."

Michael Paul Mason's new book, from which he will read on April 25, is "Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath." He describes the struggles of survivors of brain injuries to map and make sense of the new worlds they inhabit.

Michael Paul Mason has been featured on the Lehrer News Hour on public TV, NPR's "Morning Edition," and he speaks about brain injury in talks throughout the country. During his visit to Iowa he will also address the Iowa Association of Community Providers in Ames. Learn more 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: Jan Weissmuller, Prairie Lights,; Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;

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