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July 7, 2005

Memoir Writing Discussed July 15 On 'Talk Of Iowa' Program

Bestselling author Hope Edelman will discuss memoir writing on the July 15 edition of "Talk of Iowa," produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910. The show will also include live music from singer-songwriter Sarah Sharp.

The program is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for this 10 a.m. live broadcast at the The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Edelman will talk about transforming anecdotes and tales of family experience into works of creative nonfiction. Hope Edelman is the bestselling author of "Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss," as well as the books "Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Growth and Healing;" Mother of My Mother: The Intricate Bond Between Generations;" and the forthcoming "Motherless Mothers" in April 2006. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Self, Glamour, Child, Parenting and Real Simple.

Fresh off her European tour, Sharp's latest CD, "Fourth Person," has garnered wide acclaim. Based in Austin, Texas, Sharp plays simple, witty pop songs infused with slight touches of jazz.

"Not since Edie Brickell has Texas produced such an intelligent, and sometimes playful, pop songstress. Sarah Sharp is the latest singer-songwriter to explode on the scene with simple, witty pop songs infused with slight touches of jazz," says a reviewer on

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Host Ben Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Talk of Iowa" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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