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Anthony Bourdain reading

Recorded: February 1, 2002

Chef Anthony Bourdain reads from his book A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

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Carmen Maria Machado reading

Recorded: November 3, 2017

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Carmen Maria Machado reads from her short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, which is shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.

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Jenny Zhang reading, Live from Prairie Lights, September 21, 2017

Recorded: September 21, 2017

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Jenny Zhang reads from her fiction debut, Sour Heart: Stories. These stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the absence of grown-ups, latchkey... read more

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Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg reading

Recorded: June 26, 2017

Poets Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg read from their new books at Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

Juliet Patterson reads from Threnody, her timely book of poetry lamenting climate change and extinction. These poems examine the beauty and violence of our present... read more

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Marilynne Robinson reading

Recorded: December 1, 2004

Marilynne Robinson, professor at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and author of the revered novel Housekeeping, reads from her new novel Gilead. A deeply felt and immaculately written story of three generations of Iowa ministers.

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Francine Prose reading, Live From Prairie Lights, October 30, 2008

Recorded: October 30, 2008

Former University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Francine Prose reads from "Goldengrove" her 15th novel. Prose's main character, Nico, is a 13-year-old girl dealing with the drowning death of her adored older sister. Prose, the president of the PEN American Center, is also the author of "A Changed Man" and "Blue Angel" which was a... read more

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Alexander Maksik and Nathan Hill reading

Recorded: October 8, 2016

Writers’ Workshop graduate Alexander Maksik reads from his “scorching third novel" (Publisher’s Weekly), Shelter in Place. "An unsettling and beautiful exploration of mental illness, love, violence, and sexual politics. Maksik’s artful story outruns all sorts of received ideas and slips into deeply original territory. You’ll be haunted... read more

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Christopher Merrill & Marvin Bell reading

Recorded: October 24, 2016

Legendary poets Marvin Bell and Christopher Merrill read from their new book, After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts. Marvin Bell, writing from Iowa City and Port Townsend, and Christopher Merrill, writing from around the world, give us an intimate look into collaboration at its best.

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Lauren Collins Reading

Recorded: September 26, 2016

New Yorker Staff Writer Lauren Collins will read from her new memoir, When in French: Love in a Second Language. In her early thirties while living in London, Collins met and fell in love with a Frenchman. Their relationship was entirely in English, and Collins began to wonder what it might mean to love someone in a second... read more

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Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei Reading

Recorded: May 19, 2016

Current Writers’ Workshop student Anaïs Duplan reads 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... read more

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