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June 26, 2008

UI alumnus John Price reads from memoir for 'Live from Prairie Lights' July 10

WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights" readings series will present memoirist John Price, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, in a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the Writing University Web site

The event, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions 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, the author of "Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands," will read from "Man Killed By Pheasant: And Other Kinships," which Patricia Hampl described as "a powerful inquiry into what it means to be a Midwesterner. In a style that replicates the laconic surface and passionate undercurrents of the Midwest, he has fashioned a powerful evocation of the land and its European immigrant families."

A starred review in Booklist commented, "Price easily navigates the episodes of his story, flashing back and forward, gracefully narrating the imagination of his youth . . . the exploration of new frontiers . . . and the return to familial and natural histories in western Iowa. He softly reveals the humor and uncertainty of youth and parenthood; the clarity of his nature writing exhibits the strength he finds in the ancient patterns of migratory birds and the flexibility of the Missouri River.

"Beyond his elegantly styled memoir, Price achieves a rich biographical portrait of the rural Midwest -- its cultural and natural terrain -- creating a character from the profound flatness of the region with as much life as he finds in his grandparents and children."

Price is a member of the English faculty of the University of Nebraska, Omaha. His essays have appeared in Orion, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, "The Best Spiritual Writing 2000," "In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal," Isotope and "Healing: 20 Prominent Authors Write About Inspirational Moments of Achieving Health and Gaining Insight."

The Nonfiction Writing Program is a graduate program in the UI English Department, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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