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Sept. 4, 2008

Krasikov reads from short-story debut for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 17

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Sana Krasikov will read from her acclaimed short-story debut, "One More Year," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 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 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 starred review in Publishers Weekly explained, "In her stunning short story debut, Krasikov hones in on the subtleties of hope and despair that writhe in the hearts of her protagonists, largely Russian and Georgian immigrants who have settled on the East Coast. . . . Krasikov's prose is precise, and her stories are intelligent, complex and passionate."

A Miami Herald review called the book "An amazingly mature work for a young author," and a San Francisco Chronicle review commented, "Krasikov's soft, steady voice describing terrible violence creates a quiet explosion, to stunning effect. Equally remarkable is her ability to set forth complications -- prior marriages, children, pervasive devaluation of women, longing for love -- in a way that enters us at once, and utterly convinces. . .

"Graceful and keen, these stories seep into memory not only for their unflinching gaze but also for their sane compassion. It is one thing (often a writer's self-flattery) to present characters in complex distress as if they were specimens. It's something else to stand alongside them, not with sentiment but with humility, with a kind of emotional and spiritual solidarity. Krasikov achieves this, and we're larger for it."

Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and in the United States. She is a recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Fulbright scholarship, and her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Virginia Quarterly, Epoch and Zoetrope.

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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,