Friday, April 26, 2013

Jonathan Evison will read from The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, in a free reading at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a darkly humorous novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape. Most of all it's a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. The novel ponders life's terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

Novelist Stewart O’Nan remarks, “Sly and surprising, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is both a goofy road trip and a mission of atonement. Jonathan Evison has the singular ability to make the heartbreaking seem jaunty.”

Evison is the author of West of Here and All About Lulu. He was the recipient of a 2009 Christopher Isherwood Fellowship. He was the writer, producer, and host of the award-winning comedy show Shaken, Not Stirred. In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was named by the Washington Post as Notable Book for 2012, an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, and one of the 25 Best Books of 2012 by the Seattle Times.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this reading, call Jan Weissmiller at Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681. For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the new Arts Iowa website.