September 2011

Justin Torres on the Lit Show

Last week, Justin Torres, a 2010 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, returned to Iowa City to read from his debut novel We the Animals. Before his reading at Prairie Lights, Torres appeared on the University of Iowa radio station KRUI's program The Lit Show to discuss the book and its path to print. The talk took place from 2-3 PM on September 21st.

"The book is a meditation on a pronoun: we," writes Joe Fassler, host of The Lit Show. "Three brothers move as one through a rundown town in Upstate New York, their six arms throwing rocks, hurling open-palm slaps, pulling close in a fighting, biting embrace.

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New 'On the Fly' Videos

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature website features several new 'On the Fly' videos, including 'A Tribute to Christopher Merrill', in which Sally Mason (University of Iowa President), Derek Willard (Special Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations), and Josh Schamberger (President, Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB) discuss Christopher Merrill and the significance of Iowa City's recent designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Additional videos feature Horacio Castellanos Moya, Eduardo Halfon, Mona Simpson, James Tate and more. Watch the videos here: On the Fly archives

Live Discussion with Ilya Kaminsky

The latest installment of the Live Discussion series featured poet Ilya Kaminsky, one of this fall’s Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors at the University of Iowa. Mr. Kaminsky participated in an on-line chat about his poetry, his humanitarian work, his career as a translator and editor, as well as other literary topics. The chat took place Sept. 19th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Central Time).

Click here to read the Live Discussion

Mysterious Paper Sculptures in UNESCO Sister City

Strange things are happening in our UNESCO City of Literature Sister City, Edinburgh. Mysterious book paper book sculptures have been popping up in the Scottish Poetry Library:

"One day in March, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library. Carved from paper, mounted on a book and with a tag addressed to @byleaveswelive - the library's Twitter account - reading: It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.…| ... We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… | a book is so much more than pages full of words.…|

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Jerald Walker's Dragon Slayers

In this E-Channel post by Charles Johnson, Jerald Walker's Dragon Slayers is discussed, as well as James Alan McPherson's influence on Walker's work: "Walker says that in his courses on black American literature, he betrays 'the belief that blacks are primarily victims...a common view held by both races. I, too, held it for many years.

The Iowa Review’s Fall Issue Released

Legless uncles, subcutaneous horns, chow chow and picadilly relishes, meatballs at the Trout Cafe, ghosts on a bridge, Dante for today, and muezzins for tea: The Iowa Review announces the release of their Fall 2011 issue, featuring new essays, stories, poems, photos, and translations by the likes of Lia Purpura, Mary Jo Bang, Andrew Feld, and Brett Fletcher Lauer. Visit the TIR website to read their online selections and the Fall 2011 Editor's Note.

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