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Release: March 28, 2002
UI Libraries sells Dubuque and Ottumwa authors' books via vending machine
Two University of Iowa departments' novel idea to use
a vending machine that typically dispenses candy for use as a "book drop"
has been modified by the UI Libraries' Special Collections Department to offer
titles by Iowa authors David Drake and Leigh Michaels, a noted writer of Harlequin
Book Drop machine is located in the North Lobby of the Main Library and continues
to offer bookbinding kits and other book arts prepared by the UI Center for
the Book, the first UI department to use the vending machine concept. The
kits are described and pictured at http://www.uiowa.edu/~ctrbook/
at the "Book Art$" link.
who is from Dubuque and who lives in the Chapel Hill, N.C., area is regarded
as the king of military science fiction. He has published more than
50 books including, most recently, "Servant of the Dragon" Isles
Series (Tor/1999); "Lt. Leary Commanding" RCN Series (Baen/2000);
"Mistress of the Catacombs" Isles Series (Tor/2001); and "Paying
the Piper" (Baen/2002). A complete listing of Drake's work can be found
on the Web at http://www.david-drake.com/
Drake received bachelor's degrees in history and Latin from the UI
in 1967 and entered Duke Law School before being drafted to serve in the U.S.
Army from 1969 to 1971. He spent most of 1970 as an interrogator with the
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Vietnam and Cambodia. He
completed law school and spent eight years as assistant town attorney of Chapel
Hill, N.C. before becoming a full-time writer in 1981.
a native Iowan who lives in Ottumwa, has written more than 65 contemporary
romances for Harlequin Books. More than 30 million copies of her books have
been printed worldwide, and her work has been translated into more than 20
languages. Her recent romance
titles include "His Trophy Wife," "Backwards
Honeymoon," "The Boss's Daughter," and "Bride by Design."
She has also written the nonfiction titles "Writing the Romance Novel,"
"Dear Leigh Michaels," and "A Taste of Love," a collection
of recipes. Michaels can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Book Drop"
is also a source for the ever-popular Ethiopian bookbinding kits and other
gift book arts. There are also note cards with images drawn from the John
Martin Rare Book Collections Installation. Use of the SnackShop machine has
been generously donated by Cedar Rapids' Aramark Uniform Services, Inc., which
provides vending service on campus. Proceeds from the Book Drop go to support
programs of the University of Iowa Center for the Book and of the Libraries.