D’Agata discussing Lifespan of a Fact Feb. 22

What: John D’Agata, UI associate professor of English, will read from The Lifespan of a Fact, co-written by D’Agata and Jim Fingal

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22

Where: Prairie Lights Books, downtown Iowa City

Admission: Free

What’s the book about?: In 2003, an essay by D’Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay, which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker (Fingal). What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.

More upcoming readings in Iowa City:

  • Glenn Freeman, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, Prairie Lights
  • Robert Leleux, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Prairie Lights
  • Jennifer Wilson, 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Prairie Lights
  • Colleen Bradford Krantz, 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, Prairie Lights

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