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Oct. 9, 2008

Oct. 20-24 'Live from Prairie Lights' includes Sarah Vowell at the Englert

The schedule of live literary events for the "Live from Prairie Lights" series for the week of Oct. 20-24 will climax with a ticketed reading by Sarah Vowell (photo, left), hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Englert Theatre. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

Two tickets to the event are included with the purchase of Vowell's new book, "Wordy Shipmates," at Prairie Lights. The author of "Assassination Vacation," a regular contributor to "This American Life" and the voice of Violet in "The Incredibles," Vowell now turns her wry eye to the oddities of the New England Puritans, their communities, idealism and relevance (or lack thereof) in modern times.

The week's other 7 p.m. readings are free at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

--Monday, Oct. 20: UI English department alumna Amy Shearn will read from "How Far is the Ocean from Here," her debut novel set on the Texas/Mexico border. The Washington Post Book World review called the book "a standout."

--Wednesday, Oct. 22: Iowa Writers' Workshop poetry graduate Steven Sherrill, author of "The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break" and "Visits from the Drowned Girl," will read from his new psychological novel, "The Locktender's House."

--Thursday, Oct. 23: Writers' Workshop alumna Allison Amend will read from the fiction collection "Things That Pass for Love." Alison Lurie, author of "Foreign Affairs," called Amend "a gifted storyteller" whose "writing is both thoughtful and entertaining."

The events will also 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.

The Writers' Workshop and the English department are academic programs in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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