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Jan. 14, 2004

WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' Samples New Wapsipinicon Almanac

"Live from Prairie Lights," the series of broadcast readings hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will sample the new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23. The series will broadcast the live event from the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen to the reading on the internet at

The Jan. 23 event will include readings by Timothy Fay, (left) editor of the almanac; Floyd Pearce of Cumberland in southwest Iowa; Steve Hanken of Cedar Rapids; and Will Thomson, John Kenyon and Winston Barclay of Iowa City.

The Wapsipinicon Almanac has been edited and published by Fay at his Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa/Monticello since 1988. Issue 10, which is just hitting area newsstands, features the publication's typical mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and homey information, packaged in the format of a folksy, old-time almanac.

The Catstep Review described the almanac as "one of the finest regional press publications you'll ever read. . . . It's not often you'll find this much local color collected in one place." And an article in the Des Moines Register dubbed it, "Part New Yorker, part Farmers' Almanac."

The almanac is set on a 60-year-old Linotype machine, and printed on a '50s-vintage, two-color cylinder press. The cover is printed on a German press from the 1930s.

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