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Taylor Brorby to read from ‘Crude,’ ‘Coming Alive’ at Prairie Lights

Author and activist Taylor Brorby is a longtime voice for progressive environmentalism. Hailing originally from North Dakota, he brings a passionate love of the earth to his writing. Last year, as co-editor of the anthology Fracture, he spoke to Little Village about the value of creating new perspectives — in his more recent work, he does just that. […]

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Interview: ‘Sweetbitter’ author Stephanie Danler dishes on inspiration, eating on the road and dinner-hour poetry

LA-based writer Stephanie Danler’s recently-released ‘Sweetbitter’ spins the tale of a young twenty-something looking to find her way in the world after graduation. The story is told through the lens of front-of-house restaurant work, a job that proves to be both Exhilarating and exhausting for the novel’s heroine, Tess, and one that Danler experienced first-hand in her formative early twenties. […]

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Set in rural Iowa, Darnielle’s ‘Universal Harvester’ focuses on connections

John Darnielle Reading Prairie Lights — Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. A palimpsest is a piece of parchment that has been written on, scrubbed clean and written on again. Scholars of the first millennium focus on recovering the erased text, which can tell a story more interesting than the surface writing. The Palimpsest was […]

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Rae Meadows to read from her ‘lovely, evocative and powerful’ novel at Prairie Lights

Rae Meadows and Dean Bakopoulos Prairie Lights Bookstore — Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. With deft and lyrical prose, Rae Meadows weaves a tale of love, hope and survival in her recent novel, I Will Send Rain (Henry Holt & Co.), published Aug. 9. Meadows will read from the book Wednesday, Sept. 7 at […]

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Authors Anna Noyes and Brian Booker return to Iowa

Anna Noyes and Brian Booker Prairie Lights Bookstore — Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates and rookie authors Anna Noyes and Brian Booker will be sharing the stage tonight at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Noyes will read from her collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women (Grove 2016) and Booker will share […]

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Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei share the stage for Live from Prairie Lights

Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS) is in the midst of welcoming its second artist-in-residence this week. The peak of this introduction comes Thursday, May 19 at Prairie Lights Bookstore, when the center’s founder and director, Anaïs Duplan, is joined […]

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Interview: Joe Hill talks word economy, AC/DC and coloring books

Joe Hill Coralville Public Library — Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m. Since he emerged onto the literary scene — careful to maintain his secret identity at the outset as a horror/fantasy legacy — Joe Hill (born Joseph Hillstrom King) has been building his reputation as one of the keenest voices in horror. He spins […]

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Freaky, Raw and Open: Rebecca Wolff to read at Prairie Lights with Emily Hunt and Christian Schlegel

Live From Prairie Lights: Rebecca Wolff, Emily Hunt & Christian Schlegel Prairie Lights Bookstore — Wednesday, Sep. 30 at 7 p.m. New York City is considered — or at least considers itself — the epicenter of culture. As a native Manhattanite, however, poet and novelist Rebecca Wolff felt an early onset of asphyxiation in the […]

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Interview: Iranian novelist-in-exile Shahriar Mandanipour on love, censorship and wearing religiosity like a hijab

Shahriar Mandanipour Prairie Lights Bookstore — Monday, Sep. 14 at 7 p.m. Iranian novelist-in-exile Shahriar Mandanipour published Censoring an Iranian Love Story in 2009, while a writer-in-residence at Boston College. The book, his first full-length work to be published in English, is strikingly layered; a metafictional novel set in contemporary Iran whose chief protagonists are […]

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