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June 11, 2007

Autry Reads From New Book Of Spiritual Observations June 21

James Autry, who's made it his business to add poetry and spirituality to the world of business, will read from "Looking Around for God," his new book of spiritual observations and poems, in a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Website:

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 AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

Poet and translator Stephen Mitchell commented, "We don't hear the phrase 'Christian gentleman' much these days, but that is what James Autry is: generous, large-hearted, tolerant, funny, a man who finds the love of God wherever he can, who pays attention with his heart."

"Looking Around for God" is Autry's 10th book. His other works include "The Book of Hard Choices," "The Servant Leader," "Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership" and "Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching."

Before taking early retirement in 1991 to pursue his present career, Autry had a distinguished career at Meredith Corporation, where he was senior vice president and president of its magazine group, a $500 million operation with more than 900 employees.

Autry has also been active in many civic and charitable organizations, and he has worked with disability rights groups for 25 years, including 25 years as chairman of the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Other involvement has included his work with the White House Conference on Families and the Des Moines Symphony. He is a founder of the Des Moines National Poetry Festival.

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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