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Writers' Workshop alumnus Hale kicks off busy week of readings in Iowa City Feb. 28–March 4

The Live from Prairie Lights reading series, which is streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University web site, will begin a busy week with a reading by UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Benjmain Hale at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28.

The reading will be held in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City and is free and open to the public.

Hale will read from his acclaimed debut novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Hale's unlikely narrator is Bruno, an ambitious chimpanzee in love with both language and primatologist Lydia Littlemore, through whom the author explores both the good and bad of what it means to be human.

Other upcoming readings in Iowa City:

  • University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program faculty member Stephen Kuusisto will be joined by other contributors to the Seneca Review to read from a special issue, "The Lyric Body," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in Prairie Lights Books.
  • Wayne Koestenbaum, a distinguished professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will read from his soon-to-be-published book, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, in lecture room 2 of Van Allen Hall.
  • Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus David Philip Mullins will read from Greetings from Below, winner of the 2009 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Prairie Lights Books.
  • Poet and critic Peter O'Leary will read from his new book, Luminous Epinoia, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Prairie Lights Books.

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