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Nov. 13, 2006

Iowa City Writer Ostlund Reads On 'Live From Prairie Lights' Nov. 20

University of Iowa alumnus Mike Ostlund will read from "Find 'em, Chase 'em, Sink 'em" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, on UI radio station WSUI, 910. The reading, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Ostland is a member of the Naval Submarine League and his book is about the mysterious loss of a World War II submarine, the USS Gudgeon, in 1944. Ostlund's "Uncle Bill," the operator of a farm implements business, was aboard that ship as a lieutenant junior grade.

Through extensive research of patrol reports in United States and Japanese naval archives, interviews with veterans who had served aboard the Gudgeon before its final patrol and the personal effects of the lost men's relatives, Ostlund has assembled a thorough account of the submarine's exploits, the men aboard and what can be known about her demise.

Ostlund holds a master's degree in social work from the UI and lives in Iowa City.

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