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Release: Jan. 17, 2003


The “Live From Prairie Lights” series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio stations WSUI, AM 910 continues with a reading by Des Moines writer James Autry at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. In-person attendance at the event is free.

Autry, a poet, humanist and humanitarian who was the long-time president of Meredith Corporation, will read from his latest book, “The Spirit of Retirement: Creating a Life of Meaning and Personal Growth.”

“The Spirit of Retirement” is aimed at the millions of baby boomers who are now in middle age, and addresses issues of self-esteem, meaning and purpose that frequently become a crisis for Americans upon retirement.

A preview in Publishers Weekly concluded, “In this compact, inspiring book, Autry insists that retirement is actually an opportunity for people to ‘stop doing and concentrate on being.’ To that end, he shares stories about retirees who made successful transitions to retirement and juxtaposes these anecdotes with questions and exercises for readers. Retirement is a time for changing one's approach to life, reinvigorating friendships, serving the community, finding nature and expressing one's inner creativity, explains the author, and his book -- alternately pragmatic and spiritual -- should serve disillusioned retirees well.”

Autry’s other books include “The Servant Leader: A Practical Guide to Implementing the Principals,” “It Takes a Lifetime to Find Wisdom: Confessions of an Accidental Businessman,” “Life After Mississippi,” “Life and Work: A Manager’s Search for Meaning,” “Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership,” “Nights Under a Tin Roof: Recollections of a Southern Boyhood” and “Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching.”

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