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Oct. 10, 2005

Speaker To Refute Need For Speed Oct. 19-20

Anyone who feels that each 24-hour day is packed with at least 30 hours of "to do" list items will welcome a chance to find respite and direction when London-based Canadian journalist and author Carl Honore visits Iowa City Oct. 19-21 to discuss "slowness."

Honore, author of "In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed" notes that while technology can speed up working, eating, and even dating -- the most important things in life simply can't be rushed. "This is a global affliction," says Honore, whose book has been sold to 23 publishers in 21 languages around the world. "I think we are collectively waking up to the fact that the really important stuff is always getting lost in the rush."

Local residents who step out of the fast lane will have two opportunities to hear Honore speak about living better in the hectic modern world by striking a balance between fast and slow. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, he will speak on "In Praise of Slowness" at 7 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A.  This event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Honore will join local chefs from the Motley Cow Café, Red Avocado, New Pioneer Coop, The Cottage and Devotay in a celebration and discussion about the Slow Food Movement. This event begins at 6 p.m. at The Cottage Bakery. Tickets cost $23 for dinner or $26 for dinner with wine, and can be purchased at any of the participating establishments, or by contacting David Gould 319-335-3630, or Bob Sessions 319-887-3615.

Honore's "In Praise of Slowness" is the first handbook for the emerging Slow Movement, using a blend of anecdote, reportage, first-hand experience, history and intellectual inquiry to explain how the world got so fast and why slowing down can pay dividends in every walk of life. His visit to Iowa City is sponsored by Leisure Studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Interdisciplinary Programs, Kirkwood Community College, Humanities Iowa, and Iowa City Public Library.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: David Gould, 319-335-3630,