May 2016

Live From Prairie Lights: Anaïs Duplan

May 19, 2016
Thu, 05/19/2016 - 14:00
Current Writers’ Workshop student Anaïs Duplan will read from her new book of poetry, Take This Stallion, published by Brooklyn Arts Press. "I have never before read a book like Anaïs Duplan's Take This Stallion. Her major talent is recognizing the self in the other, making for poems that flow forward in a tone of oneness—is oneness a tone?—poems that make evident an ever-expanding world by opening themselves up into that world." —Jericho Brown Anaïs Duplan was born in Jacmel, Haiti.

Robert Cargill at First Presbyterian Church, with Prairie Lights

May 15, 2016
Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
Robert R. Cargill, University of Iowa assistant professor of classics and religious studies, will speak at the Iowa City First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Cargill will talk about his new book, The Cities that Built the Bible, which introduces readers to a dozen cities that were formative in the stories behind the writing of, or the later understanding of, the Old and New Testaments, and this lecture will be a reflection on the Spirit of God in the two testaments. Prairie Lights will have copies for The Cities that Built the Bible at the church for purchase. Robert R.

Live From Prairie Lights: Magid Center Certificate in Writing Capstone Reading

May 13, 2016
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:00
Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing graduating Certificate in Writing students! The event will feature a select number of students reading from and discussing their Capstone projects from 5–6 p.m., followed by a reception in the café, with food and beverages, from 6–7 p.m. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events.

Certificate in Writing Capstone Reading and Graduation Reception

May 13, 2016
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:00
Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our graduating Certificate in Writing students! The event will feature a select number of students reading from and discussing their Capstone projects from 5-6pm, followed by a reception in the café with food and beverages from 6-7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Live From Prairie Lights: 'december' Magazine Release Event

May 11, 2016
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 14:00
december literary and arts magazine will celebrate the release of its newest issue with readings by current and former University of Iowa faculty and Writers’ Workshop graduates Marvin Bell, Christopher Merrill, David Hamilton, and Karen Holman. december is an iconic literary and arts magazine founded in Iowa City in 1958 and revived in 2013 after a 32-year hiatus. This event will celebrate its legendary roots in Iowa City.

Live From Prairie Lights: David O. Dowling

May 10, 2016
Tue, 05/10/2016 - 14:00
University of Iowa Associate Professor of Journalism David O. Dowling will read from his new book, Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck. Surviving the Essex chronicles the captivating story of a ship’s crew battered by a whale attack and forced to survive four months at sea by any means necessary.

Live From Prairie Lights: Jennifer Black Reinhardt

May 7, 2016
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 10:00
Local artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt will present Yaks Yak, a delightful new book she has illustrated, by Linda Sue Park. Learn about the art of illustration as she shares a PowerPoint presentation of her illustrative process. In this funny and informative new children’s book, Reinhardt’s illustrations depict an entertaining survey of animals whose names are also verbs in scenes where yaks yak, slugs slug, rams ram, and crows crow. Jennifer Black Reinhardt received a degree in illustration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Live From Prairie Lights: Alexander Chee, in a special event moderated by Garth Greenwell

May 6, 2016
Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:00
Writers’ Workshop graduate Alexander Chee will read from Queen of the Night, a mesmerizing novel that follows one woman’s rise from circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva. Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role—every singer’s chance at immortality. When that role is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four people could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.

Live From Prairie Lights: Tony Tulathimutte

May 5, 2016
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:00
Writers’ Workshop graduate Tony Tulathimutte will read from Private Citizens, called "the first great millennial novel" by New York Magazine. Capturing the anxious, self-aware mood of young college grads, this is the story of four whip-smart friends torn between fixing the world and cannibalizing it. Tony Tulathimutte has written for VICE, AGNI, The Threepenny Review, Salon, The New Yorker online, and other publications. He has received an O. Henry Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

THE MAP THIEF - An evening with author Michael Blanding

May 5, 2016
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:30
The Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries will host Michael Blanding, author of bestseller The Map Thief, the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps. The event isThursday, May 5, 2016 in the Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium. Blanding's presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. In The Map Thief, award-winning investigative reporter Blanding tells the true-life story of a map dealer-turned-criminal E.

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