The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Irreplaceable by author Stephen Lovely for the 2011 edition of the program. Lovely will read from the book on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Ballantyne Auditorium on the Kirkwood Community College campus in Cedar Rapids. The reading is one of three Linn Area Reads events scheduled this spring.
All Linn Area Reads events are free and open to the public. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries.
Lovely’s April 19 reading will also be the first event for the 2011 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. The full Out Loud! lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Irreplaceable is a debut novel struggling with the human world of heart transplants, organ donation, and the families who are linked by chance. The novel is set in a university town in Iowa.
Lovely will read from Irreplaceable, take questions from the audience, and sign books during his April 19 appearance.
Additional Linn Area Reads programs include a book discussion at 7 pm on March 24 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers; as well as a special moderated discussion on organ donation featuring the Iowa Donor Network at 2 pm on April 2 at the Marion Public Library.
Lovely attended the Iowa Writers Workshop and currently lives in Iowa City where he is the Director of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, a summer residential creative writing program for high school students. He began writing Irreplaceable during his time working as a night clerk in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
For more information about Stephen Lovely, visit his website at www.stephenlovely.com. .
For more information on this and other Linn Area Reads events, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/linnareareads.