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May 23, 2006

Author Klaus Featured On 'Talk Of Iowa Live From Java House' June 2

Author Carl Klaus will discuss his new book, "Letters to Kate: Life After Life," on the June 2 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House."

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Heard statewide, the program originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

"Talk of Iowa Live form the Java House" will also feature live music by The Beggarmen, an Iowa City-based quintet of traditional Celtic musicians. The group's latest CD is titled "I Shall."

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Klaus, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and founding director of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. Klaus will discuss his latest work, which is an account of his first year of mourning after his wife, Kate, died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage. A week after Kate's death, Klaus began writing what would turn into a year's worth of letters to her.

Klaus is also co-editor of Sightline Books, the Iowa Series in Creative Nonfiction. He is a diarist, essayist and author of several textbooks on writing. His published books include "My Vegetable Love," "Weathering Winter" and "Taking Retirement."

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Heard statewide on five public radio stations, the show is broadcast live to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 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. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Kelli Andresen