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April 9, 2004

Culinary Mysteries Is Topic of Bibliophiles Meeting

Robert Wachal, University of Iowa professor emeritus of English, will discuss his collection of culinary mysteries when the Iowa Bibliophiles meet Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the second floor conference room in the UI Main Library.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The culinary mystery -- also known as the Epicurean mystery or food mystery -- is a sub-genre of the mystery novel that has taken shape largely in the last 25 years. Wachal has collected and written about culinary mysteries for many years and has compiled a bibliography for the period 1930 to 1999 which was published in Issue #68 of Mystery Scene.

The Iowa Bibliophiles is an organization formed to promote the vitality of the word on the printed page and is open to anyone with a serious interest in books, their creation, preservation and collecting.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu