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Oct. 26, 2006

Perry, Clay Share Books And Music On 'Talk Of Iowa Live' Nov. 3.

Humorist and renowned author Michael Perry (photo, left) will discuss his latest book "Truck: A Love Story," the follow-up to his bestselling memoir "Population: 485," while Ottumwa native Matthew Clay strums the progressive pop-rock pieces from his latest album "Eat Cake" on "Talk of Iowa Live" Nov. 3.

The program, hosted by Ben Kieffer, is broadcast live from the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. in Iowa City on the Iowa Public Radio station WSUI-AM 910 from the University of Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for the program.

In his latest work, Perry weaves together tales of restoring a 1950s International Harvester truck, cultivating a garden and discovering romance after a lifetime of lost love. The Los Angeles Times called it "a remarkable new book, sometimes funny - sometimes sad."

Matthew Clay provides the musical backdrop, performing songs from his latest album and its predecessor "Crown Yourself King," featuring the XM satellite radio hit "I Killed Superman." Compact discs aside, Clay has worked with two Grammy award-winning artists and signed two bands to his label Freakin Records.

"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 Iowa Public Radio stations 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 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,; Program: WSUI, 319-335-5730.Writer: Colin Burke