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Live From Prairie Lights: Jim Shepard

Award-winning Book of Aron author Jim Shepard will read from his much-anticipated new short story collection, The World to Come.

“Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America," according to The Daily Beast, Shepard’s new collection spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery.

Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections. Shepard’s short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

"Like Alice Munro, Shepard has a knack for compressing a novel’s worth of life into thirty or forty pages...It all adds up to a peculiar yet arresting vision, as Shepard lets you see a startling variety of dangers and conundrums through the eyes of characters who, poignantly or even despairingly, can’t quite summon the humanity that’s hidden away in them.” —Michael Upchurch, The Boston Globe

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30pm

Prairie Lights Books
15 South Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

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The Writing University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Interest

After Class, Arts Iowa, Writing




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Jan Weissmiller

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