February 2013

Black History Reading Initiative honors James Alan McPherson

The African American Studies Program, together with the African American Council at the University of Iowa, have launched a Black History Reading Initiative for the month of February to honor James Alan McPherson, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his book Elbow Room. Community members are invited to a discussion of Elbow Room, on Friday, Mar. 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

McPherson was also the recipient of the first City of Literature Paul Engle Award.  

Ayana Mathis reading

Archive Date: 
February 25, 2013
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Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis reads from her extraordinary first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. In a sweeping tale that moves forward and backward in time across sixty years in Georgia and Philadelphia, Mathis gives us the story of an unforgettable family—and an indomitable woman—caught in singular moment in American history.

At the Reading: Dan Beachy-Quick and Sally Keith

Jeffrey Eugenides reading

Archive Date: 
September 26, 2003
Author: 
Jeffrey Eugenides

Author of the The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides reads from his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Middlesex.

The story is narrated by a Cal Stephanides, a hermaphrodite, who reveals what it is like living as a male and female. The story covers present day struggles, familial lineage, and Greek mythology.

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Video: One Book Two Book 2013 Young Author Interviews

At the Reading: John Jeremiah Sullivan

John Jeremiah Sullivan reading

Archive Date: 
February 4, 2013
Author: 
John Jeremiah Sullivan

In a reading sponsored by the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, John Jeremiah Sullivan — the award-winning young star of the literary nonfiction world — reads from his work. John Jeremiah Sullivan's most recent book, Pulphead, was A New York Times Notable Book for 2011, one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011, A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of.2011, A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011, and one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011.

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