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.

An archive of some virtual events is 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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  • Eleanor Catton

    March 9, 2023 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Luminaries and Writers’ Workshop Graduate Eleanor Catton will read from and talk about her new book, Birnam Wood.  “Mysterious and marvelously unpredictable, Birnam Wood had me reading the way I used to as a kid―curiously, desperately, and as if it was the whole world. Eleanor Catton connects to the natural and unnatural ways in which we try to control our environments, our impulses, and one another. A spectacular novel, conjured by a virtuoso.”
    Eleanor Catton is also the author of The Rehearsal, which won the Betty Trask Award and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. Catton was the screenwriter of Emma, a 2020 feature film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England.