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Sept. 24, 2008

Oct. 6-10 will feature a 'Live from Prairie Lights' reading each evening

Monday to Friday Oct. 6-10 will be a busy week of live literary events at the Prairie Lights bookstore, with a free reading each evening at 7 p.m. in the store, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

The events Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 7-9, 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.

The week's readings will be:

--Jeff Gates, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, will read from "Guilt By Association," his expose of John McCain's ties to corruption, criminal activity and the goals of a foreign power, on Monday, Oct. 6. NOTE: This event has been canceled.

--Porter Shreve, the director of the creative writing program at Purdue University, will read from "When the White House Was Ours," a novel of free love and family during the Carter Administration, on Tuesday, Oct 7.

--Molly McNett will read from "One Dog Happy," the winner of the John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award and published by the UI Press, on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

--Former Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Forrest Gander, who established his reputation as one of America's leading poets, will read from his debut novel, "As a Friend," on Thursday, Oct. 9.

--Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus D.K. Smith will read from his second novel, "Missing Persons," on Friday, Oct. 10.

Shreve's previous books are "The Obituary Writer," a New York Times Notable Book, and "Drives Like a Dream," a Chicago Tribune Book of the Year. Joe McGinnis Jr., the author of "The Delivery Man," says of the new novel, "Porter Shreve does what few writers can -- he casts a spell, bringing you immediately and completely into a world you won't soon want to leave. This is a humane, tender and intimate story about what it means to be a family, to be idealistic in an all too pragmatic world."


McNett, who lives on a farm in Northern Illinois, has been published in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005," Brain Child magazine, the Missouri Review, the Black Warrior Review, the New England Review, New Letters, Crazyhorse and Other Voices. Charles D'Ambrosio, the author of "The Dead Fish Museum" and "Orphans," wrote of her debut collection: "These are stories for people who love stories, who dig characters and dialogue and a little nudge of plot, who find the close observation of all those small marvelous encounters that make up our days so essential to short fiction. 'One Dog Happy' is charming and generous, smart and lovely, the gift of a subtle and compassionate writer to readers everywhere."

A review of Gander's novel in Blue Flower Arts states: "In his gemlike first novel, Forrest Gander writes of friendship, envy, and eros as a harmonic of charged overtones. Set in a rural southern landscape as vivid as its indelible characters, a friend tells the story of Les, a gifted man and land surveyor, whose impact on those around him provokes intense self-examination and an atmosphere of dangerous eroticism. With poetic insight, Gander explores the nature of attraction, betrayal, and loyalty. What he achieves is brilliant in style and powerfully unsettling."

Smith, whose debut novel was "Nothing Disappears," teaches English at Kansas State University, where his current research focuses on the evolving cartographic discourse of the 16th and 17th centuries as seen in the works of Sir Walter Raleigh, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser and Andrew Marvell.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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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: Ethan Canin, UI Writers' Workshop,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,