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Poets Dan Beachy-Quick and Sally Keith read from their work - Tonight, 7pm

WONDERFUL INVESTIGATIONS by Dan Beach-Quick

“This is a book about reading. It offers the kinds of insights into the act that most of us never stop to indulge in, and for that we are eternally grateful.” - Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Review of Books

THE FACT OF THE MATTER by Sally Keith

“For Keith, discoveries in any discipline—from physics to painting—push humanity forward, and myth is used not as a crutch for meaning, but as an anchor for new discourse on selfhood in our moment.” - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

http://www.prairielights.com/live/sally-keith-dan-beachy-quick
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It is the birthday of Constantin Brancusi. "Sleeping Muse" is in the collection of The Art Institute in Chicago.

"Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them."
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"A child who reads, an adult who thinks."
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Tonight, 7pm - Patricia Foster and Jeff Porter, Professors in The University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, read from their newly edited collection, UNDERSTANDING THE ESSAY.

"Understanding the Essay is a magnificently intelligent examination of the essay's diverse pleasures, with fresh, revealing looks at writers from Montaigne to David Foster Wallace. Bravo to Patricia Foster and Jeff Porter for providing this important, insightful, readable resource. Teachers, students, and essayists will be bending back pages and marking the margins for years to come." (Dinty W. Moore, author of Crafting the Personal Essay )
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Karen Thompson Walker returns to read from the paperback edition of her highly acclaimed first novel, The Age of Miracles. Tonight, 7pm.

“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin
 
“A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”—The Denver Post
 
“If you begin this book, you’ll be loath to set it down until you’ve reached its end.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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Tonight, 7pm - Marjorie Celona reads from her highly acclaimed, debut novel, Y.

"I love ambition in a novel. I love humour, audacity, perseverance, craft. And I am deeply grateful when it gets exquisitely blended in a brand-new voice...  Y is an evocative look into what makes a family, and what makes a home, and how they are undeniably helixed together." — Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin

http://www.prairielights.com/live/marjorie-celona
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Today is the birthday of W. H. Auden, and everyday is a good day to read his poems.
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Paul’s Book Club ponders the consciousness of elephants in The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy- Tonight, 7pm

http://www.prairielights.com/live/pauls-book-club-2
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It is the birthday of Toni Morrison

"I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it."

If you haven't read THE BLUEST EYE, today's a great day to start!
http://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780307278449
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It is the birthday of Grant Wood.

In 1905 when he was 14, Wood won third prize in a national Crayola coloring contest with a crayon drawing of oak leaves. He later said that winning this contest gave him the necessary courage to pursue a career in art.
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15 S Dubuque St Iowa City, IA 52240
15 S Dubuque StUSIAIowa City52240
(319) 337-2681prairielights.com
$Book Store, CafeToday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Prairie Lights sprang to life in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore and is now one the premier independent bookstores and cafes in the US.
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Katherine Jones
reviewed 2 months ago
Prairie Lights Books & Cafe is wonderful! The book store is an amazing, locally owned store with a great selection of books and very knowledgeable staff. The cafe upstairs is a perfect place to grab a drink (they have delicious coffee and teas, and also serve beer and wine), study or read for a bit.
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Deirdre McCloskey
reviewed a year ago
Prairie Lights is one of the world's great bookstores. I discovered Jim and Paul and the gang in 1980, and for two decades haunted the place. If you're traveling Route 80 you need to take a couple hours off. The bookbags emblazoned with the store's name, by the way, are also the best in the world---buy three, as I will do the next time i"m in town.
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Andrew Hosmanek
reviewed 3 years ago
Great books you can find nowhere else.
Liked: Service
Disliked: Parking
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Amy Gorham
reviewed a year ago
Prairie Lights is just simply amazing!! I'm a student at the University of Iowa and I am totally in love with this bookstore. They have a wide variety and generally well priced books when it comes to materials for classes. When there is a poetry reading held there, expect to be impressed. A really nice intimate reading space. The small window-seat on the second floor is amazing, great place to study during the week in the evenings. It doesn't stop there; the cafe upstairs is great! I'm not a coffee drinker (shocker),but I love me some hot chocolate. And they manage to make the best hot chocolate I've ever had!!! (no joke). Anyways definitely a place to check out if in Iowa City.
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Sarah Hong
reviewed 4 years ago
The actual bookstore is nice & cute, but the books are just way too expensive. And I don't like their return policy so whenever I have to buy books there for a class, I either check the library or order from Amazon.
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Pablo R. Balbontín
reviewed a year ago