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May 17, 2006

Rebecca Johns Discusses Debut Novel On 'Talk of Iowa' May 26

The May 26 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will feature Iowa City writer Rebecca Johns, who will discuss her debut novel, "Icebergs."

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 in Iowa City. Heard statewide, the program originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Johns, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Johns received the Michener-Copernicus Award for her novel, which is a multi-generational story set in Canada and Chicago during World War II and Vietnam. The work was inspired by the real-life story of her grandfather's plane crash in Labrador in 1944, at the height of World War II.

Johns has been an editor at Highlights for Children and Woman's Day magazines and a copywriter at Penguin Putnam. Her writing has been published in several national magazines. 

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will also feature music from General Sherman, a four-piece piano-driven band from Ankeny.

"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, mailto:george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen

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