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July 14, 2011

Media Advisory: Interview opportunity for overview of Iowa City Book Festival

WHAT: An opportunity for an in-person and/or on-camera overview of this weekend's 2011 Iowa City Book Festival from an event co-organizer and one of many featured authors participating in the event. The festival, presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, will celebrate reading, writing and books beginning Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, with best-selling authors, hands-on book arts, kids' activities, music and more.

WHO: Iowa City Book Festival Co-Organizer Kristi Bontrager and TV journalist turned novelist Julie Kramer, whose books "Silencing Sam" and "Killing Kate" feature Iowa City's mysterious Black Angel cemetery monument. Kramer, whose books comprise "one of the best new series in crime fiction" according to crime author Lisa Scottoline, is scheduled to speak during the festival at 11:45 a.m. Saturday on the third floor of the UI Main Library.

WHEN: Bontrager and Kramer are available for interviews from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011.

WHERE: The "Book Mark" sculpture of author Joe Haldeman's book "The Forever War" on the south patio of Gibson Square near the UI Library, near the intersection of West Burlington Street and South Madison Street. In case of inclement weather, Bontrager and Kramer will be available inside the north lobby of the UI Main Library.

NOTE TO MEDIA: If you plan to interview Bontrager and Kramer during these times, please contact Bontrager at 319-335-5960 (office), 319-621-5943 (cell) or

MORE: For a complete schedule of Iowa City Book Festival events, see More information about Kramer is available at

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristi Bontrager, University Libraries, 319-335-5960,