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March 16, 2006

Klaus Reads From New Book Published By UI Press, On WSUI March 28

University of Iowa emeritus faculty member Carl Klaus will read from "Letters to Kate: Life After Life," his new book published by the UI Press, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Julie Englander will host the broadcast, which will originate in a free event in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. Listen on the Internet at

"Letters to Kate: Life After Life" is a book about his mourning and growth after the death of his wife in 2002. Klaus wrote Kate, his wife of 35 years, a series of letters revealing the depth of their closeness and exploring the meaning of her absence.

Hope Edelman, a graduate of the non-fiction program and the author of "Motherless Daughters," wrote, "Frequently heartbreaking, always insightful, ultimately transcendent, Carl Klaus's chronicle of his first year of grief reminds us that even after the longest winter, spring does eventually arrive. This book is destined to become a classic in the bereavement field."

And Kenneth J. Doka, faculty member at the College of New Rochelle and senior consultant for the Hospice Foundation of America, wrote, "'Letters to Kate' is truly a gift. . . . It offers validation and hope to all those who grieve and a sense of understanding to others who wish to befriend and support the journeyer."

Klaus, the founding director of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, is co-editor with Patricia Hampl of Sightline Books, the Iowa Series in Creative Nonfiction. He is a diarist, essayist and author of several textbooks on writing.

His diaries include "My Vegetable Love," "Weathering Winter" and "Taking Retirement." His next work, currently in progress, is "The Chameleon 'I': Personae in the Personal Essay."

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