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Innocence, Ignorance, and Experience: Quad City Arts “Super Author” Chris Crutcher Discusses His Controversial Young-Adult Literature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 06:00

Chris CrutcherChris Crutcher, the author of more than a dozen books and short stories featuring teenage protagonists, has earned a bevy of awards and accolades over his 26-year writing career, with eight of his works named "Best Books for Young Adults" by the American Library Association, and Teen Book Review hailing 2007's Deadline as "a brilliant, well-written, thought-provoking, and, to put it simply, truly amazing novel."

So why do so many people seem so angry at him?

Alive, Kicking, and Delivering Just Desserts: Author Rick Moody, October 23 at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 02:27

Reader issue #706 In April, Rick Moody fulfilled a fantasy that many artists surely have: He delivered a pie to the face of one of his critics.

Fitting the Art In: Farah Marklevits Opens the “River Readings at Augustana” Series, September 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 02:47

Reader issue #701 "I didn't really get interested in poetry until I got here," explains author and Augustana College alumna Farah Marklevits, during a recent interview on the school campus. "I went on a Latin American term, and we read Pablo Neruda in Chile at, like, his house, which is on the coast. And it just captured me. We're in Chile, and there's the ocean, and the professors had a copy of his poems, and they were reading them, and it was just like ... wow."

Less than a decade after Marklevits' 1999 graduation, it's now her readers who are saying "wow."

Winners of the 2008 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 May 2008 02:24

Reader issue #684 For the second year, the River Cities' Reader is publishing winners from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

The awards ceremony for the 35th-annual contest will be held on on Saturday, May 17, at the Butterworth Center in Moline.

When History Runs Out: Peter Quinn, April 17 at St. Ambrose University PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 02:15

Peter Quinn Peter Quinn studied for a doctorate in history that he never finished, and his literary career - which overlaps with three decades as a political and corporate speech-writer - retains a deep curiosity about the past.

But it's not only history of the verified, annotated variety; it is history also imagined and remembered.

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