April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Paul Lisicky and Garth Greenwell will read from their new books. Paul Lisicky will read from his memoir, The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship. In The Narrow Door, Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. “This is a portrait of friendship unlike any I’ve read. In embracing the fluidity of relationships—platonic and romantic, real life  and idolatrous . . . it reminds us that true connection can be as fleeting and precious as true solitude. There is a unique honesty in that revelation—and also a great if surprising comfort.” —Meghan Daum

Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy, Famous Builder, Unbuilt Projects, and The Burning House. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Michener/Copernicus Society, among others. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden.

Garth Greenwell will read from What Belongs to You, a haunting novel of erotic obsession. The novel is set in Bulgaria, and begins when an American teacher encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. Over the next few months their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future.

"A rich, important debut, an instant classic to be savored by all lovers of serious fiction because of, not despite, its subject: a gay man's endeavor to fathom his own heart." ―Aaron Hamburger, The New York Times Book Review

Garth Greenwell was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Award. He lives in Iowa City.