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Oct. 14, 2008

UI alumna Roberts reads from Antarctica book Oct. 28

Leslie Carol Roberts, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in nonfiction, will read from "The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the UI Writing University Web site

The event will 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.

"The Entire Earth and Sky" pieces together the tragic and heroic tales of 19th-century exploration, interviews with scientists, and the author's personal observations to evoke the beauty and the complexity of the Earth's last wilderness.

David G. Campbell, author of "The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica," wrote: "Antarctica, isolated by a restive sea, filigreed by ice, graced by light and embalmed in darkness, home to the brave and the defiant, has a beauty as ephemeral as an iceberg yet as obdurate as a volcano. The place defies facile description, and puny language scribed by anyone less than a poet simply cannot do it justice.

"'The Entire Earth and Sky' is one of a handful of exceptions, as resplendent as sunlight refracted through an icicle and as discomfiting as a plain of sastrugi. Leslie Roberts packed her duffel, her down parka, her bunny boots, her quill, her notebook and headed south. But she also packed her heart, her soul, and her gift. The result is pure art: honest, true to place, original, and lovely."

Roberts, a Fulbright Fellow at Gateway Antarctica, New Zealand, teaches in the Master of Fine Arts programs in writing and graduate design at the California College of the Arts. She has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, the Christian Science Monitor, The Baltimore Sun, the Christian Science Monitor and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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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: Allison Thomas, UI Press,; Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights,, 319-337-2681; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,