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July 15, 2005

The Changing Book Discussed On 'Talk of Iowa' Radio Program July 22

Book experts taking part in the University of Iowa's July 22-25 conference titled "The Changing Book" will be guests on the July 22 edition of "Talk of Iowa." The show will also include live music from smash Broadway musical "Gypsy," which will be performed at The Englert Theatre July 22-31.

The program, produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910, is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for this 10 a.m. live broadcast at The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Guests will include Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory at the National Archives and Records Administration, and parchment maker Jess Meyer. They will explore the evolution of the book, sharing their thoughts about the legacy and the future of books. Meyer is currently the only producer of parchment in North America for bookbinding, calligraphy and letterpress printing. Recently, Ritzenthaler went to Baghdad, Iraq, where she was on assignment to salvage archival materials documenting the Iraqi Jewish community that were severely damaged during the recent hostilities.

For more information on "The Changing Book" conference see and

Live music for the show will feature a sneak preview from The City Circle Acting Company's production of "Gypsy" at the Englert. Leading lady Marcia Hughes, leading man Carey Beatty and Gypsy herself, Christina Gulik, will perform musical highlights. 

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Host Ben Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Talk of Iowa" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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