15 South Dubuque St. • Iowa City, IA 52240 • 319-337-2681 • 800-295-BOOK • Open 9:00 a.m. daily
Live From Prairie Lights
“Live from Prairie Lights” is an internationally known readings series, which features some of the best up-and-coming and well-established authors & poets from all over the globe. Presented before a live audience and streamed over the world wide web, this long running series brings the spoken word from the bookstore to the masses.
Most readings begin @ 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to assure yourself a seat.
March 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Kathryn Davis will read from her mind-bending novel, Duplex. Rosecrans Baldwin describes Duplex as "a traditional love story tucked inside an adult fairy tale, wrapped in science fiction.” Characters Mary and Eddie are meant for each other, but discover that love is no guarantee when the past and future fold into each other after the arrival of a sorcerer.
Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, most recently The Thin Place. She has received a Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She teaches at Washington University, and lives in Vermont and St. Louis, MO.
"Kathryn Davis might possibly be one of the most constantly overlooked great novelists around. The type that can make you think that even though you've had your fill of coming-of-age novels, maybe you have room in your life for one more. If that's the case, Duplex is really the book you must seek out." — Flavorwire
March 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
Algonquin Press presents new fiction from Gina Frangello and Michael Parker. Gina Frangello will read from her novel A Life in Men. “A Life in Men is a joyful, ambitious novel that is also an adventure traversing three continents, as well as a meditation on love, sex, and, most important, friendship, which can overcome time, distance, and even death.” — Bonnie Jo Campbell
Gina Frangello is a cofounder of Other Voices Books and the editor of the fiction section at The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of one previous novel and a collection of short stories. She lives in Chicago.
Michael Parker will read from his new novel, All I Have in This World. “‘Car as crucible’ might be the thesis for Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on.” — Mark Richard
Parker is the author of seven works of fiction, and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Oxford American. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches writing at UNC-Greensboro and lives in North Carolina and Texas.
March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
Iowa Nonfiction Program and Writers’ Workshop graduate Julene Bair will read from her ecological memoir of the high plains, The Ogallala Road. The Ogallala Road deals with a crucial farming issue — water. Each growing season her family—like other irrigators—pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer. The rapidly disappearing aquifer is the sole source of water on the vast western plains, and her family's role in its depletion haunts her. As traditional ways of life collide with industrial realities, Bair must dramatically change course.
“No one who reads this book will remain unchanged or unaffected—Julene Bair’s story arcs from the cornfields of Kansas and Nebraska to the food on our tables and the gas in our cars. There is always a price to be paid, she reminds us, for the pleasures and comforts of this day. If you read only one memoir this year, this is the one to read and pass along.” — Jonis Agee, Author of The River Wife.
Bair’s first book, One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter, won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award and a WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. She lives in Longmont, Colorado.
March 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
Iowa City Public Library
Iowa City’s Dr. Terry Wahls will talk about her new book The Wahls Protocol. The Wahls Protocol outlines an integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions, describing how the author's perspectives dramatically changed after her diagnosis with MS and how she was able to reverse symptoms by combining a paleo diet and neuromuscular stimulation. In the book, she shares the details of the protocol to help others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.
Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria and the audio book Up From the Chair. She lives in Iowa City with her wife, Jackie.
“In The Wahls Protocol, Dr. Wahls provides elegant first hand validation that diet truly represents the most powerful medicine. This book is totally supported by the most leading edge research and provides a beacon of hope when compared to the ever changing landscape of pharmaceutical recommendations for multiple sclerosis.”
—David Perlmutter, MD
If you would like a copy of The Wahls Protocol shipped to you, we are happy to take orders by phone at (319) 337-2681 or (800) 295-BOOK. The Iowa City Public Library is wheelchair accessible.
March 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
Writers’ Workshop graduate Nick Butler will read from his new novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. Shotgun Lovesongs is a contemporary story of a group of friends from a small Wisconsin farming town: a couple who are farmers raising their young children, one is a successful stock-broker building and re-purposing a traditional town fixture, and one is a former jock/rodeo-star turned slightly mentally-impaired sidekick. The story begins when the one who became a world famous rock star returns home for a wedding.
Nick Butler’s writings have appeared in Narrative Magazine,Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He lives in Wisconsin.
"Shotgun Lovesongs is a Midwestern masterpiece (that) has done for the modest splendor of verdant farmlands what Larry McMurtry did for the brutal beauty of small town Texas." —Amber Dermont
March 25, 2014 - 7:00pm
Writers’ Workshop graduate Ossian Foley will read from his new book, Of: Vol. 1. Foley edits, with Jim Longley, LVNG Magazine, and lives, with his dog, Satchel, in Tallahassee, FL and Port Townsend, WA. He has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is now a doctoral student in English at Florida State University. Of: Vol. I (2013) is his first book.
“Foley’s poems have a Neo-romantic soul, conjuring conversations with Hopkins, Yeats and Crane. Cerebral and stringently-voiced, they compel me. They make me curious. They lead with authority. And they reward my patience as they require their reader to listen.” —Erin Belieu
Writers' Workshop graduate Daniel Poppick will read from his chapbook Vox Squad, new from Petri Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Volta, BOMB, jubilat, The Iowa Review, The Claudius App, and other journals. He currently lives in Iowa City, where he co-publishes The Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and curates The Antibody Series.
March 26, 2014 - 7:00pm
In a special event co-sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program, David Lazar will read from and talk about his book, Occasional Desire: Essays. Lazar meditates on random violence and vanished phone booths, on the excessive relationship to jewelry that links Kobe Bryant and Elizabeth Taylor, on Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, and M. F. K. Fisher. Lazar also turns his attention on the essay itself, affording us a three-dimensional look at the craft.
"David Lazar is both a charmer and a challenger. His supple, cultivated mind is constantly moving, full of surprises; his puckish wit and exacting standards raise the bar for all contemporary literary nonfiction." — Phillip Lopate
David Lazar is a professor of creative writing and English at Columbia College Chicago and the editor of Hotel Amerika. His works include The Body of Brooklyn, Powder Town, and Essaying the Essay.
March 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
First Baptist Church
Activist, author and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee John Dear will talk about and sign copies of his new book, The Nonviolent Life. Please join us for this special event co-sponsored by First Baptist Church, Pax Christi Iowa City, PEACE Iowa, Full Circle Faith Community and Iowa City Call To Action.
John Dear suggests that the life of nonviolence requires three simultaneous attributes: being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all people, all creatures, and all creation; and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence. Come hear John discuss his vision of nonviolence, and meet him and get a signed copy of the book.
First Baptist Church is at 500 N. Clinton St, Iowa City. Parking will also be available in Lot 24, which is between Currier Hall and the Dey House.
March 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
Bart Yates will read from The Third Hill North of Town, his evocative debut as Noah Bly. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1960s, The Third Hill North of Town explores prejudice, loss, and redeeming courage through the prism of an unlikely friendship.
Bart Yates is the author of Leave Myself Behind, The Brothers Bishop, and The Distance Between Us. He has taught writing workshops for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and he teaches clarinet, saxophone, and bass guitar lessons in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
“A glorious, madcap American road novel in the picaresque tradition, The Third Hill North of Town explores a dark uncharted territory where vengefulness and desire and coincidence and consequence blow wild through human hearts, tossing people together and tearing them apart. Think On the Road written by Flannery O’Connor. A profound meditation on the sanctity of improvised friendships.” — Stephen Lovely
March 30, 2014 - 2:00pm
Brent Malin will read from his new book, Feeling Mediated. New forms of communication bring with them both fear and hope, on one hand allowing us deeper emotional connections and the ability to forge global communities, while on the other prompting anxieties about isolation and over-stimulation. Feeling Mediated explores how earlier ideas about the telegraph, phonograph, radio, motion pictures, and other once-new technologies continue to inform our contemporary thinking.
Brent Malin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his PhD from the University of Iowa's Department of Communication in 2000. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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