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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 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.
March 31, 2014 - 5:00pm
Denise Kiernan will read from her New York Times Bestseller, The Girls of Atomic City. The Girls of Atomic City tells the incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb.
Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist and producer. She is author of the popular history titles Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Reader's Digest, Saveur, Discover, Ms., and many other publications
"Kiernan's book, the result of seven years of research and interviews with the surviving 'girls, ' sparkles with their bright, WWII slang and spirit, and takes readers behind the scenes into the hive-like encampments and cubicles where they spent their days and nights . . . The Girls of Atomic City brings to light a forgotten chapter in our history that combines a vivid, novelistic story with often troubling science." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“I love these kinds of books, and this is a great one . . . It’s a phenomenal story.” —Jon Stewart
March 31, 2014 - 7:00pm
Writers’ Workshop instructor Kevin Brockmeier will read from his new memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade. Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; two short story collections and two children’s novels. A recipient of three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant, Brockmeier is currently in Iowa City teaching for the Writers’ Workshop. He is from Little Rock, Arkansas.
"A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip is … a truly stunning hybrid--a memoir told with the imaginative vibrancy and the uncanny precision of the best fiction… If you are already a Kevin Brockmeier fan, this book will floor you… and if you're new to his work, this is a phenomenal place to start." — Karen Russell
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