September 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Rae Meadows will read from her new novel of survival in the Dust Bowl, I Will Send Rain.  "In I Will Send Rain you'll find compassion, heartbreak, and not a word out of place. Meadows shares with John Steinbeck not just a gigantic empathy but a gigantic storytelling gift. This is a novel where love and laughter abide." ―Darin Strauss

Meadows is the author of Calling Out, No One Tells Everything, and the widely praised novel, Mercy Train. I Will Send Rain is based on extensive research on the Dust Bowl, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and the photographer Dorothea Lange. Meadows lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Dean Bakopoulos will read from his novel of the hot-and-humid-contemporary-Collegiate Midwest, Summerlong. In a starred review, Booklist says, "Tennessee Williams has nothing on Bakopoulos when it comes to marital and moral dissipation.... A sure hit with fans of the three Jonathans: Dee, Franzen, and Tropper."

Bakopoulos is the author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness. He has received NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. He is the writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa.