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May 28, 2008

Historical fiction writer Shaara reads June 9 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Jeff Shaara, America's premier author of military historical fiction, will read from "The Steel Wave," the D-Day centerpiece of his World War II trilogy, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University website

The 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 and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

"The Steel Wave," which debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times bestseller list, follows "The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II," which has just been republished in paperback. The final installment in the trilogy is projected for 2010 publication.

Shaara's other books include "Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War," "The Last Full Measure," "The Glorious Cause," "Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution," "Gods and Generals," "To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War," and his only nonfiction work, "Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground."

He is the son of Michael Shaara, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Killer Angels," on which the film "Gettysburg" was based.

Shaara, who has a degree in criminology, was a coin and precious-metal dealer until the death of his father in 1988, when he decided to sell his business and manage his father's estate. After the success of "Gettysburg" in 1993 he was approached about the possibility of finding someone to write a prequel, and he eventually decided to tackle the project himself, even though he had no previous experience as a writer.

The result, "Gods and Generals," vaulted onto the bestseller lists and was greeted with wide critical acclaim, and the sequel, "The Last Full Measure," found a similar reception. The three books by the father and son have been republished as a Civil War trilogy.

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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: Jan Weissmuller, Prairie Lights Bookstore,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),