IWP Reading at Prairie Lights Books: Pavla Horáková, Carey Baraka, and David DeGusta

Sep 25, 2022

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 2nd Floor

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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You are invited to join the International Writing Program (IWP) for the fourth in our series of Sunday afternoon readings at Prairie Lights. The reading will begin at 4 p.m., and it will feature two IWP Fall Residency authors in addition to one University of Iowa MFA student. Participation is free and all are welcome!

Pavla Horáková (novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, translator; Czech Republic) is the author of five novels, including a children’s trilogy, and two non-fiction titles. Her widely translated Teorie podivnosti [A Theory of Strangeness] won the 2019 Magnesia Litera Award for best work of Czech fiction; Srdce Evropy [The Heart of Europe] was in a national critics’ poll voted among the best books of 2021. A recipient of two awards for her literary translations, she also has a long career in radio journalism. Her participation is possible thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Carey Baraka (nonfiction; fiction; editor; Kenya) has had his nonfiction published in Foreign Policy, The Guardian Longreads, Johannesburg Review of Books, Serious Eats, Guernica, and elsewhere; his fiction has appeared, among other places, in Slice Magazine, The Common, and Gay Magazine. His work has received support from The Pulitzer Centre for Global Reporting and the Silvers Foundation; he is at work on his first novel. A grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State has made possible his participation.

David DeGusta is a second-year MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has been published in Boulevard and Catapult, among other places, and will be included in the forthcoming Best New Writers 2022 anthology from the Masters Review. He also translates from Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.

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