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Aug. 18, 2011

Fall schedule of UI live-reading streams opens with Boucher, Iowa Review

The fall 2011 schedule of live-reading streams on the University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will begin with novelist Christopher Boucher on Monday, Aug. 22, and selections from the Iowa Review on Thursday, Aug. 25. The streams will originate in free events at 7 p.m. in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Boucher's zany debut is both a novel featuring a vintage Volkswagen Beetle and a handy manual with useful chapters on "Tools and Spare Parts," "Valve Adjustment," "How To Read This Novel" and most important of all, "How Works a Heart."

Sam Lipsyte, author of "The Ask," commented, "Christopher Boucher joins a now-forgotten handbook with Steven Wright's old joke about mistakenly sticking a car key in a house door and builds a new, exuberant novel-world. Goofiness and grief are in perfect harmony in this impressive, moving debut."

Boucher teaches writing and literature at Boston College, and he is the managing editor of Post Road Magazine.

The new issue of the Iowa Review (, the UI literary journal edited by faculty member Russell Scott Valentino, will be represented by readers including Eduardo Halfon and Kim Lozano.

Born in Guatemala City, Halfon became a literature professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow. This year he will publish his tenth book of fiction. In 2007 he was named one of the 39 best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá.

Lozano is a poet from St. Louis, where she was a 2010 Metro Arts in Transit Poetry in Motion winner and is active in the St. Louis Writers Guild.

With 2011, The Iowa Review enters its 41st year of continuous publication, featuring fiction, poetry, essays and reviews. Many of the works it has published have been selected for literary prizes and anthologies.

Read more about Valentino at

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