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Nov. 5, 2007

Note: This event has been cancelled.

Dog rescuer will read for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Nov. 15

Ken Foster, the author of the best-selling "The Dogs Who Found Me," will read from his new book, "Dogs I Have Met and the People They Found," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University Web site at The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "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.

Foster has rescued hundreds of dogs since vowing during Hurricane Katrina never to pass up an animal in distress. His new book introduces a pit bull named Jimmy that is recovering from a hit-and-run in Oakland, Calif.; a woman in Costa Rica who opened her house to 55 strays; a pit bull that raises a piglet as its own; a hemophiliac dog trained as a therapist; and the Ninth Ward dogs that returned with their owners to rebuild New Orleans.

Amy Hempel, author of "The Dog of the Marriage" and "Reasons to Live," wrote, "Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."

And Sean Wilsey, author of "Oh The Glory of it All," commented, "Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great stories and practical knowledge every dog lover needs. Ken's dogs are lucky to have found him, and so are his readers."

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