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Sept. 19, 2003

Short Story Author to Read at UW-RF Breezeway Series

Grant Tracey will be reading from his collection of short stories, "Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe," on Friday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Chalmer Davee Library. This will be the second reading in the Library Breezeway Fall Reading Series.

"Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe" is a collection of short stories about hockey, but also the lives of the Traicheff family as its members learn and grow. The stories detail the family's loves and losses, and tell tales of sex and loyalties. It is the sometimes violent sport of hockey that acts as the thread between all of the stories in the collection.

Tracey is an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa and head editor of "North American Review," the oldest and one of the most highly regarded literary magazines in the country. As a long-time hockey enthusiast, Tracey grew up in Toronto, Canada. He traveled with the Waterloo Black Hawks as research for his stories. He interviewed the players and the coaches, enabling him to present what actually occurs in their minds both on and off the ice.

Future Library Breezeway readings include author Jane Jeong Trenka reading from her memoir, "Language of Blood," on Oct. 10, and three student readings on Oct. 31, Nov. 21, and Dec. 5.

For more information on the Library Breezeway, contact Professor Jennifer Brantley at 715/425-3173, or email her at


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