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Oct. 2, 2008

Oct. 13-17 Prairie Lights readings includes new UI Press book

The Oct. 13-17 schedule of live literary events at the Prairie Lights bookstore includes three UI alumni and a new release from the University of Iowa Press.

The readings, at 7 p.m. in the store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, will be:

--Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Tom Piazza will read from "City of Refuge," his novel about the effect of Katrina on two New Orleans families, on Monday, Oct. 13.

--John Simmons Short Fiction Award-winner John McNally, also a workshop graduate, will read from his new Chicago-centric short-story collection, "Ghosts of Chicago," on Tuesday, Oct 14.

--Writers' Workshop alumnus Mary Swander will read from her memoirs "Desert Pilgrim" and "Out of this World: A Journey of Healing," on Friday, Oct. 17. A new edition of "Out of this World" has been released by the UI Press Bur Oak Books series.

Listen to these readings live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site The Monday, Tuesday and Friday events will also be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's 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.

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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: Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),