The Bookshop Podcast

Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights

August 23, 2021 Mandy Jackson-Beverly Season 1 Episode 61
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Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights
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The Bookshop Podcast
Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights
Aug 23, 2021 Season 1 Episode 61
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Jan Weissmiller has long been on the staff of Prairie Lights Books, where she is the poetry buyer and arranges poetry readings for the “Live from Prairie Lights” series. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, occasionally reviews poetry for the Boston Review, and was awarded the Loess Hills Poetry Award for her collection In Divided Light.

 Prairie Lights sprang to life in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore offering titles by the newer voices of Raymond Carver and Alice Munro and by established authors like Eudora Welty and George Orwell. As the staff and customers tended the books with care, the store grew and blossomed much like a garden. By 1982 Prairie Lights transplanted itself from South Linn St. to South Dubuque and has gradually spread to three and a half floors, the half being an 1100 square foot coffee house located in the same space that the local literary society met throughout the 1930s, hosting writers Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, e e cummings and others. Gertrude Stein and friend Alice B. Toklas were scheduled for a reading but were sleeted in at Waukesha airport-- or so the story goes. Perhaps the strength of reputation lies in the reading series of local, national and international writers who have read their works which were broadcast live on stations WSUI and WOI and which was the only regular literary series of its kind. All of this could not have been possible without a loyal customer base and a dedicated staff. 

Prairie Lights

Brandon Taylor, author

 Brandon Taylor, books

Elizabeth Weiss, The Sisters Sweet

Jane Hartshorn, poet, episode 21 The Bookshop Podcast

Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck Is My Duck

 

 

 

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Show Notes

Jan Weissmiller has long been on the staff of Prairie Lights Books, where she is the poetry buyer and arranges poetry readings for the “Live from Prairie Lights” series. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, occasionally reviews poetry for the Boston Review, and was awarded the Loess Hills Poetry Award for her collection In Divided Light.

 Prairie Lights sprang to life in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore offering titles by the newer voices of Raymond Carver and Alice Munro and by established authors like Eudora Welty and George Orwell. As the staff and customers tended the books with care, the store grew and blossomed much like a garden. By 1982 Prairie Lights transplanted itself from South Linn St. to South Dubuque and has gradually spread to three and a half floors, the half being an 1100 square foot coffee house located in the same space that the local literary society met throughout the 1930s, hosting writers Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, e e cummings and others. Gertrude Stein and friend Alice B. Toklas were scheduled for a reading but were sleeted in at Waukesha airport-- or so the story goes. Perhaps the strength of reputation lies in the reading series of local, national and international writers who have read their works which were broadcast live on stations WSUI and WOI and which was the only regular literary series of its kind. All of this could not have been possible without a loyal customer base and a dedicated staff. 

Prairie Lights

Brandon Taylor, author

 Brandon Taylor, books

Elizabeth Weiss, The Sisters Sweet

Jane Hartshorn, poet, episode 21 The Bookshop Podcast

Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck Is My Duck

 

 

 

Support the show (https://paypal.me/TheBookshopPodcast?locale.x=en_US)