John Sayles to read at Prairie Lights June 1

Live streams of Live from Prairie Lights readings on the University of Iowa’s Writing University web site ( Tuesday–Thursday, May 31–June 2, will include an event featuring John Sayles—renowned screenwriter/director, MacArthur “genius grant” winner, and former nominee for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The free readings, held at 7 p.m. in Prairie Lights, 15 South Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City, are as follows:

  • Former public radio reporter Lisa Napoli, reading from her memoir, Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, on Tuesday, May 31.
  • Sayles, reading from his new American epic, A Moment in the Sun, on Wednesday, June 1.
  • Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumna Tayari Jones, reading from Silver Sparrow, her just-released novel, on Thursday, June 2.

Sayles has been dubbed the “king of the indies” for his many successful films created outside the Hollywood studio system—beginning with The Return of the Secaucus 7, featuring UI playwriting alumnus Adam LeFevre in one of the primary roles.

A Moment in the Sun is connected by time—and partially by location—with his latest film, AMIGO, about the Philippine–American War. Follow his coast-to-coast promotional tour at

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