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Dec. 9, 2005

Pawley, Barrett To Discuss UI Center For The Book At Literary Luncheon

University of Iowa President David Skorton and Professor Robin Davisson will host a Literary Luncheon featuring the UI Center for the Book on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the President's residence, 102 Church Street. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the reading at noon with time for questions and answers concluding at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the first 25 people who respond by calling 319-353-2475.

Christine Pawley and Timothy Barrett, director and research scientist, respectively, of the UI Center for the Book, will speak about the center as a community of faculty, staff, students and local book specialists with diverse interests in all facets of book production, distribution, and use.

Pawley, also an associate professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, teaches and conducts research on the history of reading in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her book, "Reading on the Middle Border: the Culture of Print in Late Nineteenth Century Osage, Iowa," was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2001 and won the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award for 2002 from the Iowa State Historical Society.

Barrett joined the Center for the Book as its paper specialist in 1986 and served as its director between 1996 and 2002. He teaches courses that address the history, technique, science and aesthetics of hand papermaking, and also has made a number of one-of-a-kind artist's books using handmade paper and leather as the primary materials.

The series is a continuation of a program begun during the 2004-05 Year of the Arts and Humanities, celebrating the UI's rich tradition in writing and letters by spotlighting the many writing programs at the UI and making them accessible to a broader public. Future programs in the Literary Lunches series will feature faculty and staff associated with UI literary programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call 319-353-2475 in advance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; R.S.V.P.: 319-353-2475