Jan. 21, 2009
Update: The Eula Biss reading on Thursday, Feb. 5 has been postponed to April 15
Charles Bock, Eula Biss read for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Feb. 3 and 5
The "Live from Prairie Lights" reading series, which is streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site, http://writinguniversity.uiowa.edu, will feature fiction writer Charles Bock on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and UI Nonfiction Writing Program alumna Eula Biss on Thursday, Feb. 5. The readings will be free events at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
C-Span Book TV will be on hand for Biss' reading from "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays," an exploration of race and racial identity that was the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Biss, who is also the author of the prose/poetry volume "The Balloonists," teaches at Northwestern University and is co-editor of Essay Press.
Bock is the author of the acclaimed 2008 novel "Beautiful Children," which is just out in paperback. A piece in the New York Times Book Review, which selected the novel as a Notable Book of the Year, proclaimed, "Bock's vision and voice create a fictional landscape as corruptly compelling as Vegas, and as beautiful as the illusions its characters cling to for survival. . . . One word: bravo."
A review in Washington Post Book World called the book "exceptional" and observed, "[Bock's] ability to share a deep understanding of America's million or so lost street kids and their tormented parents gives the book a whiff of greatness. . . . This novel deserves to be read more than once because of the extraordinary importance of its subject matter."
Bock's Web site is http://www.beautifulchildren.net.
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