CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 10, 1999
Iowa authors books on display at UI Libraries
The University of Iowa Libraries department of special collections is featuring
recently written books by Iowa authors in a new exhibition on display at the
UI Main Library now through August.
The collection of works, not exclusively titles about
Iowa, covers a wide range of subjects, and includes fiction, poetry, childrens
books, and other subject areas.
The free and public exhibition is on display from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department of special collections, third floor, UI
Some of the many books on exhibit are "A Hero
Perished, the Diary and Selected Letters of Nile Kinnick," an edited
collection of letters written by him during World War II, and "A Lucky
American Childhood," the memoir of former Writers Workshop director
Paul Engle. Others include "Out of this World, A Womans Life Among
the Amish," by Mary Swander, an Iowa State University poetry professor,
and books by writers Jane Smiley, Max Allan Collins, Marvin Bell, and Sara
The Iowa authors collection was started after World
War II in order to preserve a record of Iowa writers for the benefit of present
and future generations of Iowans.
Bob McCown, manuscripts librarian, says the collection
of books and manuscripts also serves as a great reference for research, and
by making the collection viewable, it might stimulate students interested
McCown says the Iowa authors collection is made up
of works by authors who have had at least one book published; born in Iowa
who lived their lives in the state; native Iowans who moved to another state;
and writers who relocated to Iowa for 20 years or more.
For additional information about the exhibition, contact
the department at (319) 335-5921.