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Feb. 6, 2007

Hawk Shop Hosts Mark Kreidler Book-Signing Event

National award-winning columnist, essayist and feature writer Mark Kreidler will sign his latest book, "Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland," from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Official Iowa Hawk Shop, located at 1525 Highway 6 West in Coralville.

The book signing is timed for wrestling fans who will attend the Iowa vs. Michigan State wrestling meet, which begins at 2 p.m. in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Kreidler will also read from his book at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

Kreidler is the author of two books, a feature writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Sacramento Bee, and a regular contributor to and ESPN The Magazine.

"Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland" is the story of the Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament, "the largest event of its kind in the United States."

Kreidler tells the story of two senior wrestling champions trying to join the best of the best, and narrates their struggles to become the 15th and 16th four-time state champions in Iowa history. He exposes a culture in which teens' wrestling ability can change them into hometown heroes.

"Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland" was released on Jan. 23 by publisher HarperCollins.  For more information on the book signing or for a full description of the book, visit

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,; Program: Peggy Leichty, 319-335-2744, University Book Stores, Iowa Hawk Shops marketing manager. Writer: Shelly Stout