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Feb. 20, 2006

Wright And Routh Appear on 'Talk of Iowa' Radio Program March 3

Author Vinita Hampton Wright will discuss her new novel "Dwelling Places" on the March 3 edition of the "Talk of Iowa" radio program on Iowa Public Radio. Singer-songwriter Sarah Routh will also perform and talk about her soon-to-be-famous brother, Brandon Routh, star of the upcoming motion picture "Superman Returns!"

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. Heard statewide, the program originates from WSUI-AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

Host and producer Ben Kieffer will talk with Wright about her novel, which tells the story of an Iowa farm family whose lives are unhinged after a series of tragedies. 

A novelist and editor who conducts creative writing workshops at conferences and retreats around the country, Wright is the author of the novella "The Winter Seeking" and the novels "Velma Still Cooks in Leeway" and "Grace at Bender Springs," as well as numerous nonfiction titles.

Sarah Routh will perform some of her folk-based songs on the program. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, and a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Routh now lives and performs in Los Angeles, where she has been writing lyrics and music steadily for almost three years. She was recently named Best Folk Artist at the Southern California Music Awards.

"Talk of Iowa Live" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI-AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI-AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni, and KWOI-FM 90.7 Carroll. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu