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Release: June 25, 1999


KLINKOWITZ READS JULY 7 -- Multifaceted Iowa writer Jerry Klinkowitz will read from his new book, "Owning a Piece of the Minors," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

"Owning a Piece of the Minors" is Klinkowitz's personal account of the trials and tribulations of small-time sports entrepreneurship. For 20 years he was part-owner of the Waterloo Diamonds franchise in Class A, the lowest level of the baseball minor leagues.

"Jerry Klinkowitz's' 'Owning a Piece of the Minors' is a thoroughgoing delight to read, not surprisingly, since he has already established himself as one of our premier writers on baseball," wrote Neil D. Isaacs, author of "Batboys and the World of Baseball."

During the off-season Klinkowitz teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, where he has written more than 30 books on contemporary fiction, culture, art, philosophy, jazz and air combat. His previous work in sports literature includes the novel "Basepaths," the story collection "Short Season" (selected as Best Baseball Book of 1988 by Sport magazine) and the anthology "Writing Baseball."