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Aug. 30, 2007

Nature writer Kerasote reads for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 11

Wyoming nature writer Ted Kerasote will read from his new book, "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the Writing University website at

The 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.

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of "The Hidden Life of Dogs," commented, "It's not an exaggeration to say that 'Merle's Door' could be the best book ever written about dogs ... . It is beautifully written, a real page turner, often funny, always fascinating, and very moving. It's a book you will never forget."

Kerasote explains, "One of my aims in writing 'Merle's Door' was not only to tell the story of a remarkable dog who was one of my best friends, but also to give readers accurate information about the origins of dogs, the dog-human partnership and how dogs think. My hope is that readers can then apply this information to their relationships with their own dogs."

Kerasote's writing has appeared in more than 50 periodicals, including Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Field & Stream, Salon and the New York Times. His most recent book, "Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age," won the National Outdoor Book Award.

His other titles include "Navigations," "Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt" and "Heart of Home: People, Wildlife, Place," and he edited the collection "Return of the Wild."

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073, cell: 310-430-1013,