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March 17, 2009

At A Glance

Mandarin Chinese community classes begin week of March 23

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is offering Beginning Mandarin Chinese community classes in the Quad Cities and Iowa City.

Classes begin in Bettendorf on Monday, March 23, at Rivermont Collegiate High School, 1821 Sunset Drive. Level one and two classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 6.

Classes begin in Iowa City on Tuesday, March 24, on the University of Iowa campus, 1100 University Capitol Centre. Level one and two classes will meet from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 7. A new level three class will take place in Iowa City on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There is a $50 course fee, plus a materials fee of $30 for first-time enrollees. Level one classes are designed for adults and high school students without previous training in Mandarin Chinese. Junior high students may enroll if an adult who also enrolls accompanies them.

Enrollment forms are available at
http://international.uiowa.edu/confucius/courses/community-classes.asp.

For more information contact Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or confucius@uiowa.edu.

Writers' Workshop alumnus Holden reads poetry March 24

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Kevin Holden will read poetry from his new chapbook, "Identity," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Holden, who now lives and teaches in Iowa City, has poems that have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including the Colorado Review, Ecopoetics, the Harvard Advocate, the Liberal, Parcel and Typo.

The "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site http://writinguniversity.uiowa.edu.

Pearl reads from new mystery March 26

Matthew Pearl, author of "The Dante Club" and "The Poe Shadow," will read from his latest novel, "The Last Dickens," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

In "The Last Dickens," Pearl offers a murder-most-foul tale of events surrounding Charles Dickens' last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," which was unfinished at the time of the writer's death.

"Matthew Pearl is the new shining star of literary fiction," proclaimed Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code." His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages.

The "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site http://writinguniversity.uiowa.edu.

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