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Aug. 21, 2007

Midwest Bookseller's Association Honors UI Press Book By Iowa City Artist

Claudia McGehee's children's picture book "A Woodland Counting Book," published by the University of Iowa Press, received honorable mention in the 2007 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards. Eleven books in five categories were winners or received honorable mention.

The Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards honor authors from the Midwest Booksellers Association (MBA) region and/or books about the region, which includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The 2007 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards were selected from books published between May 1, 2006, and April 30, 2007.

They were both nominated and chosen entirely by the knowledgeable booksellers of the more than 240 locally owned and operated independent bookstore members of the Midwest Booksellers Association.

The 2007 awards will be presented formally on Oct. 5, 2007, during the Midwest Booksellers Association's 27th Annual Trade Show in Minneapolis.

McGehee is an Iowa City freelance illustrator who works in scratchboard, and in this book she brings together her interests in animals, the environment, history and archaeology.

Through the illustrations in "A Woodland Counting Book," McGehee takes her readers through all the seasons -- from the delicate lady's-slipper orchid to the barred owls with distinctive hoots and calls to tiny evening bats that roost in hollow trees.

The book is available at bookstores and online retailers or directly from the University of Iowa Press by calling 800-621-2736 or visiting

For more information, to request a review copy, or to contact the author, please contact Allison Thomas at 319-335-2015 or Visit the UI Press website at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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