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June 29, 2006

Children's Author Edwards Discusses Her Craft On 'Talk Of Iowa' July 7

Award-winning Iowa City children's author and illustrator Michelle Edwards will discuss her craft on the July 7 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House."

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

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will also feature live music by singer Amy Finders of the Americana group, The Mike and Amy Finders Band. Finders will be accompanied by the children's fiddle ensemble Four Feet High and Rising.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Edwards about her latest book, "Stinky Stern Forever," which was given the 2006 Gryphon Award. The Gryphon Award honors a work of fiction or non-fiction that most successfully bridges the gap between picture books and full-length books. "Stinky Stern Forever" is book four of the Jackson Friends books, which are a series of early chapter books.

Edwards earned her master of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Iowa. After years of printing etchings and making her stories and pictures into handmade books, she decided to pursue a career in children's books. Her paintings and illustrations have appeared in several shows of children's book art and have been widely reproduced and used as cards for Peaceable Kingdom Press.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" 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. 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. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

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; Writer: Kelli Andresen