Live From Prairie Lights

Archive“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.

The Writing University live streams many of our readings here.
The Live from Prairie Lights audio archive is available here.
Iowa City PATV has a video archive of readings located here.
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    April 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Writers’ Workshop graduate Sarah Manguso will read from her third book, Ongoingness, in which she continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay. Manguso kept a meticulous diary for twenty-five years. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become crucial,  a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso had a child, which altered her need to document herself amid ongoing time. Ongoingness is a spare, haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity in the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us. Event Special Giveaway! Sarah Manguso is bringing 5 custom-printed Moleskine notebooks that will be given to 5 lucky attendees who purchase Ongoingness at the event.

    Sarah Manguso is the author of two memoirs, The Guardians and The Two Kinds of Decay; two poetry collections; and a short-story collection. She lives in Los Angeles.

    “The memoir form is shaken up and reinvented in this brilliant meditation on time and record-keeping. Ongoingness is a short book but there's nothing small about it. Sarah Manguso covers vast territory with immense subtlety and enviable wit.” — Jenny Offill


    April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Iowa City Public Library

    Winter in the Blood by James Welch

    Paul’s Book Club will feature Blackfeet Writer James Welch’s first novel, Winter in the Blood. In her introduction to the 2007 reprint of Winter in the Blood, fellow writer Louise Erdrich said: "It is a central and inspiring text to a generation of western regional and Native American writers, including me." It’s a tale of a culture eaten alive and spit out by advancing Europeans. It takes place on an Indian reservation in Montana and features a character trying to find connection between himself and the culture he has lost.

    "A nearly flawless novel about human life . . . Few books in any year speak so unanswerably, make their own local terms so thoroughly ours." —Reynolds Price, The New York Times Book Review