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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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Margaret Ross and Sara Deniz Akant reading

Recorded: April 22, 2016

Writers’ Workshop graduates Margaret Ross and Sara Deniz Akant read from their new books of poetry. Margaret Ross reads from A Timeshare, which was winner of The Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize selected by Timothy Donnelly.

“In Ross’s remarkably wrought and intensely arresting first collection, we finally meet a p... read more

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Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Marie Silkeberg and Patty Nash reading

Recorded: September 6, 2015

Residents Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta and Marie Silkeberg read at Prairie Lights Bookstore, plus current MFA candidate in literary translation Patty Nash. Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta is the author of two poetry collections: The Proxy Eros (2008) and Burning Houses (2013). Widely awarded, she was the Filipino delegate to the 2012 Medellín Poetry... read more

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David Sedaris reading

Recorded: June 11, 2011

David Sedaris reads from Me Talk Pretty One Day at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.

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Charles D’Ambrosio reading

Recorded: November 17, 2014

Writers’ Workshop Faculty Member Charles D’Ambrosio reads from his collection Loitering: New and Collected Essays.

Loitering includes essays from the limited edition and immensely popular collection Orphans, in addition to new and previously uncollected work. Orphans ... read more

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Lauren Haldeman and Bridgette Bates reading

Recorded: November 6, 2014

Writers’ Workshop graduates Lauren Haldeman and Bridgette Bates read from their new books of poetry published by Rescue Press.

Lauren Haldeman reads from her inventive debut, Calenday. These poems travel the sleep-deprived, hallucinogenic landscape of parenting a newborn—from the... read more

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