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Spring 2024

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Live from Prairie Lights | Christina Cooke in conversation with Sarah Thankam Mathews

Friday, February 23, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Christina Cooke will read from her enthralling debut novel, Broughtupsy. She will be joined in conversation by fellow alum Sarah Thankam Mathews. (Broughtupsy is) “A luminous tale of a latter-day Antigone who navigates grief, love, death, sex, violence, language, queerness, race, and three countries with courage, joy, and a tender heart. Broughtupsy is an instant classic and Christina Cooke brings beauty and truth to every page.”—Stacey D'Erasmo Christina Cooke's...

Live from Prairie Lights | Christopher Merrill & Christopher Bolin

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Poets Christopher Merrill and Christopher Bolin will read from their new books of poetry. Christopher Merrill will read from On the Road to Lviv. Prismatic and polysemous, On the Road to Lviv invites us on an odyssey across Ukraine in the hour of war. "This chronicle/ Took shape the day the war began, which was/ My 65th birthday," writes legendary traveler, war correspondent, memoirist and poet Christopher Merrill. At once deeply personal yet rooted in history so recent you can almost see the...

Live from Prairie Lights | Leslie Jamison in conversation with Kaveh Akbar

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Writers' Workshop alum and New York Times best-selling author Leslie Jamison will read from her highly anticipated memoir, Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story. She will be joined in conversation by Kaveh Akbar. “In Splinters, Jamison offers a riveting portrait of rupture that is at once a page-turner about divorce, a romance about parenthood, a mystery of self after splintering, and a promise that however many times we break or are broken, art and love will never fail to mend us.” ―Melissa...

Live from Prairie Lights | Carolina Hotchandani & Kelly Rose Hoffer

Friday, March 1, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Carolina Hotchandani and Kelly Rose Hoffer will read from their debut poetry collections. Carolina Hotchandani will read from The Book Eaters. “Carolina Hotchandani’s The Book Eaters is that rare debut: one that satisfies the heart and head in equal measures. In these subtle, lyric poems, Hotchandani explores the loss of a father’s language and memory, a loss complicated by Partition, emigration, and the body’s own failures, even by narrative itself, which threatens to revise and reimagine the...