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Dog sledder and UI Nonfiction alum Blair Braverman to read at Prairie Lights


Blair Braverman Reading and Q&A

Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

Photo by Hanna Ålerud
Photo by Hanna Ålerud

Blair Braverman, a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, will be returning to Iowa City to read from her debut memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North (Ecco/HarperCollins) tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore. The reading will be followed by a short Q&A session with the author.

Braverman’s book chronicles her own unique coming-of-age journey: At a time when most American teens are gearing up for college or joining the workforce, Braverman left her home in California to train as a sled dog driver in Norway.

“For young women, especially, [Ice Cube] is as much a cautionary tale as it is an inspiration. And for young men? It should be required reading,” said Catherine Armsden in The Huffington Post.

Photo by Kathleen Johnson
Photo by Kathleen Johnson

Braverman is the recipient of several prestigious accolades, including a MacDowell Fellowship, and was honored this year by Outdoor Magazine as one of their “30 under 30.” She currently lives in Wisconsin and is training for the Iditarod.


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