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    Oct 25
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    Oct 28
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Alice Hoffman - from "Practical Magic" to "Survival Lessons"

Alice HoffmanAlice Hoffman is one of the best-loved North American novelists of our time.  From her first novel "Property Of", written at age 21 while a student of Creative Writing at Stanford, to the upcoming "The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel" set in early 1900's New York City, her work covers a lot of ground, literally and figuratively. She has published numerous adult novels, two books of short fiction, and 8 books of fiction for children and young adults.  Among her best-known works are "Practical Magic" (which became a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) and Oprah Book Club selection "Here on Earth," a modern version of themes drawn from Emily Brone's "Wuthering Heights."

Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we discuss Hoffman's most recent (and first non-fiction) book, "Survival Lessons," which reveals the essence of what she learned while fighting cancer.

B. K. Loren at Prairie Lights Book Store

 

B. K. Loren's novel Theft won the 2012 Reading the West Award for Adult Fiction from the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Like Theft, her new nonfiction book Animal, Mineral, Radical reflects sustainability, wildlife, food, family, and community issues in prose so lyrical and lively that it feels poetic.

For a peek into the mind of an independent thinker whose writing has been shaped by her work as a naturalist, a large predator monitor for Colorado State Parks, an asistant chef, a ranch hand, a furniture maker, a UPS driver, a college professor, and a professional brainstormer, tune in to The Studio this week! 

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    Mar 04
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    Mar 06
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B.K. Loren: How to Write Like a Wolf

B. K. LorenWhy did the editor of B.K. Loren's first book of essays accuse her of writing like a wolf? How does B.K. strive daily to live up to that accusation? B.K. answers these questions during an in-depth discussion of the creative process that helped her produce her novel, Theft;her first essay collection, The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist; and her newest book, Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food.

B.K.'s writing has garnered Pushcart nominations, fellowships, and inclusion among Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Tune in to learn how B.K. crafts prose that reviewers deem visceral, lyrical, and incandescent. 

Iowa City author Michelle Edwards has written over a dozen books for children, including Chicken Man, which won the National Jewish Book Award. In her latest picture book, Room for the Baby (illustrated by Jana Christy), a family makes room for baby #2 by transforming hoarded cast-offs into useful and fun craft projects. Michelle's other new book (nonfiction for adults), A Knitter's Home Companion, is an illustrated collection of thoughtful essays, knitting patterns, and recipes. Michelle, who illustrated many of her picture books, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Meet her in Fairfield Friday, Dec. 7th during a book signing/reading in the At Home Store on the town square.

Eula Biss headshotEula Biss teaches creative writing at Northwestern University. Her book, Notes From No Man's Land, received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers Award, a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library.

Eula holds a BA in Nonfiction Writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and a host of other literary journals.

Eula will be in Iowa City Wednesday, October 24th to speak at an Englert Theater literary event with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson. Click on picture for complete event details.