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Jan. 20, 2006

UI Alumnus Montgomery-Fate Reads On Jan. 30 WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Tom Montgomery-Fate, an alumnus of the literary non-fiction program in the University of Iowa English department, will read from his new book, "Steady & Trembling: Art, Faith, & Family in an Uncertain World," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The broadcast will originate in a free event hosted by Julie Englander in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

"Steady and Trembling" has been described as calling to mind "both the narrative artistry of Annie Dillard and the theological ruminations of Kathleen Norris. In a lyrical voice, it explores questions of faith and life with rare emotional complexity: How does one learn to be creative rather than only productive, to search for meaning rather than marketability, to belong to nature rather than control it, to live in awe rather than on autopilot?

"From his home in a Chicago suburb, Tom Montgomery-Fate, the father of three children, demonstrates how one might weave a family and a faith into something that is both creative and sustaining, into the art of daily life."

A capsule review at called the book "An intellectually acute yet inviting narrative that invites readers to reconsider how to weave the chaotic strands of their frenetic lives and families into something that feels meaningful, that feels like art."

Montgomery-Fate, a faculty member of the College of du Page in Illinois, is also the author of "Beyond the White Noise: Mission in a Multicultural World" and "Bridging worlds, challenging boundaries: Appalachia Service Project, Inc." He has been a commentator for "Living on Earth," an independent environmental radio program that airs on 300 National Public Radio stations.

In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees from the UI, Montgomery-Fate holds a master's degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

The English department is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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