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Jan. 11, 2008

Jan. 25 'Live from Prairie Lights' features new Wapsipinicon Almanac

Wapsipinicon Almanac editor and publisher Tim Fay will be joined by contributors to the magazine's new issue for a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University Web site at The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls.

Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa, has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.

The participants will include Ray Tinnian, the writer of this issue 14's Four Seasons Mini-Almanac; Steve Maravetz, associate dean for communications and advancement in the UI Carver College of Medicine, and director of the UI office of Health Science Relations, reading from his essay "From Gateways to Fortresses: The Evolution of the Municipal Airport"; and archeologist Steve Hanken reading from "Rest In Peace," an essay about quirky things found on gravestones.

The Catstep Review described the almanac as "one of the finest regional press publications you'll ever read," and an article in the Des Moines Register dubbed it, "Part New Yorker, part Farmers' Almanac."

The Wapsipinicon Almanac was nominated by the Utne Reader as one of the eight best publications in America dealing with local and regional issues. Jon Spayde wrote in the Utne Reader, "The Almanac, like Iowa itself, isn't half as homespun as it looks."

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),