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  • EMILY FRIDLUND

    January 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Emily Fridlund will read from History of Wolves, her beautiful and mysterious novel set in eerie 1970’s Minnesota lake country. The protagonist is a 14 year-old girl, product of a now defunct commune who lives with her inattentive hippie parents in a secluded rudimentary shack. Her worldview is muddled by memories of the commune, and her mostly solitary life opens up when a young couple moves in across the lake with a sickly child for her to babysit, and rumors of a teacher’s abuse cause her to reach out to a fellow student.

    Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, and The Portland Review. Fridlund’s collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.

    “So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!”—Aimee Bender

  • EMILY FRIDLUND

    January 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Emily Fridlund will read from History of Wolves, her beautiful and mysterious novel set in eerie 1970’s Minnesota lake country. The protagonist is a 14 year-old girl, product of a now defunct commune who lives with her inattentive hippie parents in a secluded rudimentary shack. Her worldview is muddled by memories of the commune, and her mostly solitary life opens up when a young couple moves in across the lake with a sickly child for her to babysit, and rumors of a teacher’s abuse cause her to reach out to a fellow student.

    Emily Fridlund  grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, and The Portland Review. Fridlund’s collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.

    “So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!”—Aimee Bender

  • EMILY FRIDLUND

    January 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Emily Fridlund will read from History of Wolves, her beautiful and mysterious novel set in eerie 1970’s Minnesota lake country. The protagonist is a 14 year old girl, product of a now defunct commune who lives with her inattentive hippie parents in a secluded rudimentary shack. Her worldview is muddled by memories of the commune, and her mostly solitary life opens up when a young couple moves in across the lake with a sickly child for her to babysit, and rumors of a teacher’s abuse cause her to reach out to a fellow student.

    Emily Fridlund  grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, and The Portland Review. Fridlund’s collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.

    “So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!”—Aimee Bender

  • PAUL'S BOOK CLUB

    January 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Iowa City Public Library

    William Maxwell’s The Folded Leaf will be discussed. Maxwell, one-time fiction editor of the New Yorker, was an extraordinary fiction writer himself in the 1940s, and his handful of beautiful novels set in downstate Illinois in the first quarter of the 20th Century.

    “A true, beautiful and profoundly poignant novel. It is so good as to be almost miraculous. . . . The Folded Leaf is a novel of such discernment, such mature judgment and such compassion, it seems to illuminate every subject on which it touches.”—New York Times

  • POND HOCKEY: FROZEN MOMENTS BOOK SIGNING

    December 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne and Nicholas Wynia will sign copies of their new book, Pond Hockey: Frozen Moments.

    The trek through the snow, the burst from the warming shack, the blast of cold air—the wonder of the outdoor game is stunningly captured in Pond Hockey: Frozen Moments. From the creators of Pond Hockey, the best-selling documentary, comes a new oversized photo book chronicling the open-air game from the harbors of Helsinki to the snow-capped Rockies. Featured artist Nicholas Wynia, and a collection of photographers worldwide, capture the winter playgrounds where dedicated shinny enthusiasts spend their winter hours—pine treed ponds, outdoor rinks, backyard ice sheets and mountain lakes. In a journey through the raw elements of hockeyland, Wynia's lens discovers the rare breed of outdoor skaters that embody the true heart of the game.

    Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne are part of Northland Films, a story-telling collective producing documentary features, shorts, and books. Their feature film, Pond Hockey—called “the best and purest hockey film ever” by ESPN’s John Buccigross explores the changing culture of sports and the resurgence of the outdoor game. The group’s next visit to the pond came in the form of Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey, an award-winning illustrated children’s book. Now they set out on a photographic journey to once again evoke the wonder of the game in their new book, Pond Hockey: Frozen Moments.

    Nicholas Wynia is a photographer based in Iowa. He has worked extensively through out Latin America and Europe. His work for Pond Hockey: Frozen Moments took him across multiple states and provinces during the winter of 2015. Wynia is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. His work can be viewed at www.storycityfilms.com.

     

  • WRITERS GONE PUBLIC

    December 9, 2015 - 6:30pm

    Prairie Lights

    Please join Prairie Lights and Director of the Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing Program Bonnie Sunstein in celebrating the semi-annual Writers Gone Public reading.

    The event from 6:30 to 8:30 pm will feature current undergraduate students who study with MFA Nonfiction faculty, reading excerpts from essays they have written this semester.

  • ALEXANDER WOLFF

    December 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alexander Wolff will show slides and talk about his new book, The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. Wolff chronicles Obama’s love of the game from age 10, on the campaign trail —where it eventually took on talismanic meaning—and throughout his two terms in office. More than 125 photographs illustrate Obama dribbling, shooting free throws, playing pickup games, cooling off with George Clooney, challenging his special assistant Reggie Love for a rebound, and taking basketball to political meetings. There is also an assessment of Obama’s influence on the NBA, including a dawning political consciousness in the league’s locker rooms. Equal parts biographical sketch, political narrative, and cultural history, The Audacity of Hoop shows how the game became a touchstone in Obama’s exercise of the power of the presidency.  

    Alexander Wolff is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure.

    “The cool, the flow, the edge, the drive, the individual and the team, the black and white – all of that is Barack Obama, playing basketball, the American game. To those who consider the president a mystery, The Audacity of Hoop offers a key to understanding him, through Alex Wolff's fluid prose and Pete Souza's evocative photographs."—David Maraniss

  • ROSEMARY WELLS AT THE IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

    December 6, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Iowa City Public Library

    Beloved children’s author and illustrator Rosemary Wells will visit the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 2 p.m. for a video presentation about her life and work, and to share her thoughts about reading, writing and illustrating. A signing will follow. No pre-registration is needed. An assortment of her books will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome!

  • JAN BRETT AT DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

    December 6, 2015 - 10:00am

    Davenport Public Library

    Beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett will be at the Davenport Public Library at 10 a.m. to present her terrific new title The Turnip. It is an old fairy tale with a new twist, colorfully wrought with Brett's iconic illustrations. Prairie Lights will be there with The Turnip as well as many of her other titles available for purchase. Advance (free) tickets are recommended, and can be obtained at Prairie Lights children's department or from the Davenport Library. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

  • NANCY PURINGTON

    December 4, 2015 - 5:30pm

    Prairie Lights

    NANCY PURINGTON

    Local artist Nancy Purington will show slides from Moonlight on the Mississippi, her new book from Penfield Books of Iowa City. Moonlight on the Mississippi features an extensive collection of paintings and photographs of the Mississippi River. Purington was born in Scott County, Iowa, where the Mississippi River meets the Wapsipinicon. There, the vast space, luminous color, reflections, refractions and infinite change provided the inspiration for her artwork. Nancy Purington has a B.F.A. in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Iowa. She taught Textile Arts for several years and is now a full-time studio artist in addition to being a part-time designer and consultant.

    “Purington’s aesthetic sensibilities combine medieval perspective and modern art intention with traditional and experimental methods. Indigo, lapis, cobalt, cadmium, gold, silver, palladium, sticks, stones, shells, pearls, and digital photographs express the transformational nature of the Mississippi River experience . . . She helps us to see the endless beauty of the river and to contemplate the mystery of a moment, encouraging us to live, to look closer, again and again.” —Jane Milosch