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April 9, 2009

Rothschild reads from essay collection for 'Live from Prairie Lights' April 21

Editor Matthew Rothschild will read from "Democracy in Print, the Best of the Progressive" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site, and then be available through the Writing University archive.

This collection of the periodical's essays captures many of the most influential voices from a century of United States history. Included are pieces by the magazine's founder, Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette, and his suffragist wife, Belle Case La Follette. Other writers of historic importance include Jane Addams, Carl Sandburg, Huey Long, John Kenneth Galbraith, Theodore Dreiser, Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky, Upton Sinclair, Arundhati Roy, James Baldwin, Edwidge Danticat and Edward Said.

The collection is leavened with humor from Kate Clinton, Will Durst, Michael Feldman, and Molly Ivins, and graced by poems from writers including Mahmoud Darwish, Rita Dove, Martín Espada, Maxine Kumin, Adrienne Rich and Sandra Cisneros.

Interview transcripts document conversations with prominent cultural figures including Chuck D, the Dalai Lama, Allen Ginsberg, Amy Goodman, Harold Pinter, Patti Smith, Susan Sarandon and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Rothschild is editor of The Progressive magazine and host of "Progressive Radio," a weekly public affairs program syndicated nationally. He is author of the book "You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression."

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