Olsen to read from We Wanted to Be Writers

Eric Olsen will read from We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which he wrote with fellow University of Iowa alumnus Glenn Schaeffer, at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

The free event will streamed live at www.writinguniversity.org.

We Wanted to Be Writers blends original interviews, commentary, advice, gossip, anecdotes, analyses, history, and asides with nearly 30 graduates and teachers at the Writers’ Workshop between 1974 and 1978. Among the talents that emerged in those years are John Irving, Jane Smiley, T.C. Boyle, Michelle Huneven, Allan Gurganus, Sandra Cisneros, Jayne Anne Phillips, Jennie Fields, Joy Harjo, and Joe Haldeman.

Other events will be streamed from Prairie Lights that week:

  • Alan Jacobs will read from The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.
  • Poet Edward Pavlic, a faculty member at the University of Georgia, will read at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • UI alumna Kirsten Kaschock will read from her novel Sleight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • UI Carver College of Medicine and Cornell College alumnus Lawrence Dorr, who endowed a UI chair in hip surgery, will read from his debut novel, Die Once Live Twice, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30.
  • Iowa City author Delia Ray will read from Here Lies Linc, her new book for young readers, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1.

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