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Aug. 9, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards Reads From Memoir Aug. 17 For 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Elizabeth Edwards will read from her memoir, "Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers," at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Building. Listen live on the Internet at

The free event will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City.

"My fingers outlined the unfamiliar lump in my right breast," writes Edwards. "Try as I might, it wouldn't go away."

Edwards discovered that she had breast cancer just days before the 2004 election in which her husband, John Edwards, was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate. In her memoir, she describes how various communities shared her trials, tragedies and triumphs, celebrated her joys and gave her strength in darker times.

As described in Publisher's Weekly, "Edwards is both an optimist and a realist with the ability to laugh at herself. Yet she has had to endure a parent's worst nightmare -- the death of her teenage son, Wade, in a car accident. In the end, however, Edwards's memoir is not about cancer, politics or even unbearable loss (though the description of her grief is heart-wrenching). It's about the value of people coming together to support each other."

Edwards, a lawyer, has worked for the North Carolina attorney general's office and at the law firm Merriman, Nichols, and Crampton in Raleigh, and she has also taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

The "Writing University" Web site provides a handy portal to the UI writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Workshop, the UI Press and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The site also centralizes writing news, lists upcoming events and provides access to a wealth of writing materials: texts, journals, lists of Iowa-connected writers and publications, historic videos and archived audio. Visitors to the site have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed.

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