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Release: Oct 8, 2001

Berry to receive Iowa Author Award from Des Moines Public Library Foundation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Venise Berry, associate professor and interim director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is one of four writers to receive the 2001 Iowa Author Award from the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. She will receive the award at the foundation's second annual Iowa Author Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

Berry is the author of two novels as well as numerous scholarly publications. Her first novel, "So Good," (1996) spent six months on the Essence Magazine Blackboard Bestseller list and was cited by Upscale Magazine as one of the top ten novels in 1996. Her second novel, "All of Me: A Voluptuous Tale," (2000) received literary honors from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her third novel, "Colored Sugar Water," will be released in January 2002.

Berry is also the co-author of "The 50 Most Influential Black Films: A Celebration of African American Talent, Determination and Creativity" recently released by Citadel/Kensington. She teaches courses in broadcast reporting and writing, African Americans and mass communication, and popular culture.

Raised in Des Moines, Berry has bachelor's and master's degrees in Journalism and Communication Studies from the UI, and a doctorate in radio, television and film from the University of Texas-Austin.