Thursday, March 27, 2014

Writers’ Workshop instructor Kevin Brockmeier will read from his new memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, 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.

Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; two short story collections; and two children’s novels. A recipient of three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant, Brockmeier is currently in Iowa City teaching for the Writers’ Workshop. He is from Little Rock, Ark.

Karen Russell says, "A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip is…a truly stunning hybrid, a memoir told with the imaginative vibrancy and the uncanny precision of the best fiction. If you are already a Kevin Brockmeier fan, this book will floor you, and if you're new to his work, this is a phenomenal place to start.”

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this reading,call Jan Weissmiller at Prairie Lights in advance at 319-337-2681.

For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the Arts Iowa website.