As part of the Prairie Insight Program sponsored by Prairie Lights, the University of Iowa International Programs and KRUI Radio, Matthew Davis will read from his travel memoir, When Things Get Dark: a Mongolian Winter’s Tale. At 23, Matt Davis moved to a remote Mongolian Village to teach English. There he was caught in a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and violence-a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him. His book tells the tale of his personal struggles interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture. Matthew Davis is an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A chapter of this book has won the 2005 Atlantic Monthly prize in nonfiction and another chapter was a "notable essay" in the 2006 Best American Travel Writing series. Matt lives in Washington, D.C. Sharon Benzoni, Executive Director of The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council will moderate the program. She will be joined in conversation with panelists David Hamilton from The University of Iowa's Non-Fiction Writing Program, and Rex Honey from the UI Department of Geography.
Listen to an audio recording of this reading here