The University of Iowa

"Prairie InSight" hosts UI Nonfiction Writing program graduate Feb. 24 (audio)

February 14th, 2010

Matthew Davis will read from his travel memoir “When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City as part of the Prairie Insight program.

At 23, Davis moved to a remote Mongolian village to teach English. There he was caught in a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and violence, a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him. His book tells the tale of his personal struggles, interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture.

Davis is an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The theme for this program is “Journey as Transformation” and will include conversations with David Hamilton, director of the Nonfiction Writing Program, and Rex Honey, UI professor of geography and director of International Programs’ Crossing Borders. Sharon Benzoni, executive director for the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, will moderate.

Prairie InSight features collaboration between UI International Programs and Prairie Lights focused around book readings with an international topic.

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