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Feb. 28, 2008

Richard Price and Adam Langer read for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Fiction writers Richard Price and Adam Langer will offer free readings from their new books in the Prairie Lights bookstore the week before University of Iowa spring break. The events, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, will be:

--Price reading from his new novel, "Lush Life," on Monday, March 10.
--Langer reading from "Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-flat," on Tuesday, March 11.

Listen to each of the readings live via the Writing University Web site at

The events will also 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.

Price is not only an acclaimed novelist, but also an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. He is the author of novels including "The Wanderers," "Blood Brothers," "Clockers," "Samaritan" and "Freedomland." "Clockers" was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Price co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay with director Spike Lee.

His other screenplays include "The Color of Money," for which he received another Academy Award nomination; the adaptation of his "Freedomland," which starred Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore; "Sea of Love," which starred Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman; "Night and the City," which starred Robert DeNiro and Jessica Lange; "Mad Dog and Glory," which starred DeNiro, Uma Thurman, Bill Murray and David Caruso; "Kiss of Death," which starred Caruso, Jackson, Nicolas Cage and Helen Hunt; and "Ransom," which starred Mel Gibson.

Price received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in literature in 1999.

A starred review of "Lush Life" in Publishers Weekly concluded, "With its perfect dialogue and attention to the smallest detail, Price's latest reminds readers why he's one of the masters of American urban crime fiction."

Russell Banks commented, "With 'Lush Life' Richard Price has become our post-modern American Balzac. Except that he's a whole lot funnier than Balzac and writes the language we hear and speak better than any novelist around, living or dead, American or French. He's a writer I hope my great-grandchildren will read, so they'll know what it was like to be truly alive in the early 21st century."

And Dennis Lehane called Price "the greatest writer of dialogue, living or dead, this country has ever produced."

Langer, the author of "Crossing California" and "The Washington Story," set his new novel amidst the worlds of art, publishing and real estate in New York City. He earned his brokerage certification while writing "Ellington Boulevard," titled for the street where he now lives.

Larry Gelbart, creator of "M*A*S*H," co-screenwriter of "Tootsie" and Tony Award-winning author of "City of Angels" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," wrote, "I loved this book, but then I've always been a sucker for quality. Adam Langer lifts the lid off the top of New York City and lets us see, close up, and terribly personally, the cosmopolitan complexity of the city that never sleeps alone.

"In his fugue-like charting of their lives -- lives that cross, lives that double-cross -- he reveals his love of all things New York: its people, its dogs, and, even more remarkably, its pigeons. The composition and orchestration that Mr. Langer has gifted us with would have delighted the Duke himself."

Eli Wallach added, "Adam Langer took me on a wonderful trip all over the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The reader will meet musicians, actors, and even a dog named Herbie Mann -- open the cover, read, and enjoy! This is his best book yet."

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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),