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Oct. 29, 2008

At A Glance

Major project on Grand Avenue to be completed in time for game Nov. 8

Traffic patterns on Grand Avenue on the University of Iowa Campus are changing as a project to replace damaged underground steam distribution piping is nearing completion.

Westbound Grand Avenue traffic will return to the north side of the street to allow work to proceed between the eastbound and westbound traffic lanes.

Eastbound Grand Avenue traffic will remain on the south side of the median and all lanes of Riverside Drive will remain fully open. Relocation of traffic control signs, pavement marking, and signal adjustments for the last construction phase are scheduled to be completed around noon Friday, Oct. 31.

By late evening of Nov. 7 all lanes of Grand Avenue are expected to return to normal traffic to accommodate football traffic for the Penn State game on Saturday, Nov. 8. Throughout the final construction stage, emergency vehicles and the general public can access UI Hospitals and Clinics' emergency entrance via Grand Avenue, but alternate routes may be advisable because of traffic congestion. Suggested detours will be via Newton Road, and via Highway 1 and Mormon Trek Boulevard.


Dubuque's Koontz reads from second novel Nov. 12

Dubuque proctologist I. Michael Koontz will read from his second novel, "A Matter of Revenge," a super-agent thriller set during the Cold War of the 1950s, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

The free 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.

"A Matter of Revenge" is a follow-up to Koontz' first John Apparite novel, "Under the Cloak of Darkness."


Poet Michael Palmer will read for the UI Writers' Workshop Nov. 12

Poet Michael Palmer, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work in a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of Dey House on the UI campus.

Palmer is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Company of Moths," which was short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize; "Codes Appearing: Poems 1979-1988"; "The Promises of Glass"; and "The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995." He is also the author of a prose work, "The Danish Notebook."

He has also translated work from French, Russian and Portuguese, and has taken part in collaborations with painters and dancers.

Palmer's honors include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. He was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999.


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