October 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
Prairie Lights

Tom Lutz will read from And the Monkey Learned Nothing, his reports from fifty countries, describing personal encounters in rarely visited spots and anecdotes from way off the beaten path, on his way to visit every country on earth. “I am astounded at Tom’s ethnographic fragments, his deep knowledge of the regions and peoples, his relentless openness . . . the ways in which he finds meaning in nods, keywords, and gesture,and cultural performance. I love this book—it leaves me devoured by a vast borderless humanity.”—Juan Felipe Herrera

Tom Lutz is the founder and editor in chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was a professor of English at the University of Iowa for many years. He is the author of Doing Nothing, Cosmopolitan Vistas, Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, and American Nervousness, 1903. He teaches at the University of California, Riverside, and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Marc Nieson will read from Schoolhouse, a memoir about the place where identity and heart intersect. In this modern-day Walden, Nieson retreats to a one-room school house in the rural Iowa woodlands to contemplate the end of a love-affair. “Marc Nieson’s Schoolhouse is a record of wisdom and tenderness, and also a record of spiritual and emotional growth. Intelligent, wary, and observant, the narrator of this chronicle gradually lets us see into his heart and soul.”—Charles Baxter. Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His prose has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Raymond Carver Short Story Award. Nieson currently serves on the MFA faculty of Chatham University, where he is fiction editor of The Fourth River.