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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  • CRAIG JOHNSON

    May 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Best-selling author Craig Johnson will read from his new book, The Highwayman: A Longmire Story.  In The Highwayman, Wyoming Highway Patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon—an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication— where she starts receiving officer needs assistance calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago.

    “The [Longmire] series continues to be fresh and innovative . . . Devoted series fans won’t feel a sense of déjà vu in Dry Bones, but they will easily identify Johnson’s tendency toward innovative imagery . . . crack dialogue, humor and a strong sense of place. Absaroka’s maker brings dem bones to life, and readers are sure to rejoice.” —Shelf Awareness

    Craig Johnson is the author of eight previous novels in the Walt Longmire series, the basis for the hit drama Longmire, now on Netflix. He has a background in law enforcement and education. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

     

  • JOE HILL

    May 22, 2016 - 5:00pm

    Coralville Public Library

    Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill will talk about and sign copies of his new book, The Fireman, at the Coralville Public Library. The Fireman is a novel about a terrifying worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes. The pandemic is caused by Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that tattoos its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

    “[A] superb supernatural thriller . . . a tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Joe Hill is the author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box. He  is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year's Best collections. He lives in New England.

    A reception will follow the reading and signing.

     

  • KEVIN BOYLE

    May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Writers’ Workshop graduate, Kevin Boyle, will read from his new collection of poems, Astir.  “Rich in detail and attentive in focus, Kevin Boyle’s poems rock back and forth between tenderness and irony. In language both fluent and metrical, they explore what it’s like to be alive and awake in today’s shifting cultural environment. Leavened with a fine wit and possessed of a restrained compassion for the male self coming to terms with the layers of his life, these are the sturdy poems of a grown man.”  — Dorianne Laux

    Kevin Boyle, a Philadelphia native, teaches at Elon University in North Carolina, where he lives with his family.  His first book, A Home for Wayward Girls, was selected by Rodney Jones as the winner of The New Issues Poetry Prize.