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Release: June 10, 1999

Iowa authors’ books on display at UI Libraries exhibition

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa Libraries department of special collections is featuring recently written books by Iowa authors in a new exhibition on display at the UI Main Library now through August.

The collection of works, not exclusively titles about Iowa, covers a wide range of subjects, and includes fiction, poetry, children’s books, and other subject areas.

The free and public exhibition is on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department of special collections, third floor, UI Main Library.

Some of the many books on exhibit are "A Hero Perished, the Diary and Selected Letters of Nile Kinnick," an edited collection of letters written by him during World War II, and "A Lucky American Childhood," the memoir of former Writers’ Workshop director Paul Engle. Others include "Out of this World, A Woman’s Life Among the Amish," by Mary Swander, an Iowa State University poetry professor, and books by writers Jane Smiley, Max Allan Collins, Marvin Bell, and Sara Paretsky.

The Iowa authors collection was started after World War II in order to preserve a record of Iowa writers for the benefit of present and future generations of Iowans.

Bob McCown, manuscripts librarian, says the collection of books and manuscripts also serves as a great reference for research, and by making the collection viewable, it might stimulate students interested in writing.

McCown says the Iowa authors collection is made up of works by authors who have had at least one book published; born in Iowa who lived their lives in the state; native Iowans who moved to another state; and writers who relocated to Iowa for 20 years or more.

For additional information about the exhibition, contact the department at (319) 335-5921.