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April 20, 2005

Contributors Will Read From 'Living With Topsoil' May 4 On WSUI

Several contributors to "Living With Topsoil: Tending Spirits, Cherishing Land," a collection of essays about Iowa ecology, will read at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Reading from the book, which was published last fall by Ice Cube Press, will be author Steve Semken, a UI alumnus who founded the Standing By Words Center, sponsor of the Harvest Lectures Series; UI Writers' Workshop alumna Mary Swander, who teaches at Iowa State University; Connie Mutel, historian and archivist in hydroscience and engineering for the UI College of Engineering; and Tom Dean, special assistant to UI President David Skorton.

The book features contributions by many of Iowa's leading writers, who consider both the environmental and spiritual dimension of living atop the world's most fertile soil.

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