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The University of Iowa Press is proud to present the newest Prairie Lights book, Family Feeling, a novella and five stories by Jean Ross Justice. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allison Means   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:46
"Family Feeling"
"Jean Ross Justice's stories explore those mysterious feelings that bind us and loose us and bind us again, to and from one another, all of them family feelings in the end, it seems, and all of them hallmarks of our impossible, ineffable humanity."--Paul Harding

"This vivid, understated portrayal of the end of life proves again that we are often most haunted by what is most common. These stories are beautiful, gestural language portrayals of much that cannot be said. I hope you will read them, and believe that if you do, you will want to read them again and again."--Jan Weissmiller, publisher of Prairie Lights Books

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New poetry collection gives author’s views on life, finds beauty in darkness PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:37

‘Is It Me Can You Tell?’ presents author’s latest poetry, discusses childhood, love, betrayal

WADENA, Minn. – Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. For many poets, it is drawn from daily life, nature or one’s culture. For author Peter Norris Patrick Harold Peveto, it comes primarily from his childhood. In his new collection of poetry, “Is It Me Can you Tell?: A Book Of Poetry” (published by AuthorHouse), Peveto invites readers to take a peek into his childhood experiences, loves lost and politics.

Many of the poems in Pevetos’ “Is It Me Can You Tell?” “deal with the emotions I experienced during my childhood, as there were some uncomfortable occurrences,” Peveto writes.

Despite some of the difficult or dark occurrences in his childhood, Peveto is a firm believer in finding the “beauty” in the “ugly,” which he hopes to get across to readers through his poems.

An excerpt from the poem “Starr,” taken from “Is It Me Can you Tell?”:


“The shortness of breath causes great despair,

Overwhelmed by passion just by touching your hair,

The smoothness of silk was wished upon your skin,

And through journeyed explorations the touching begins”


“Is It Me Can You Tell?”

By Peter Norris Patrick Harold Peveto

Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 60 pages | ISBN 9781434349637

E-Book | ISBN 9781463494070

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Peter Norris Patrick Harold Peveto was born in Bay City, Texas. Since the age of 6, he has had a love for words, especially puns. Despite having practiced painting, sculpting, drawing and tattooing, Peveto finds words to be the most expressive of the art forms. “Is It Me Can you Tell?” is his first published book, although he has several more in the works.

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Memoir portrays spiritual side of rural medical practice PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 February 2014 13:27

Author Tom Weber proudly shares a man’s selfless efforts to help the poor and the needy by being ‘The Christmas Doctor’

UTAH – “Sometimes, present day medical practitioners seem to forget the deep spiritual springs of their profession,” author Tom Weber says. In his quest to highlight a remarkable person’s almost unbelievable willingness and drive to help people, Weber tells an endearing and inspiring account of “The Christmas Doctor” (published by AuthorHouse). Illustrating Dr. Weber’s (his father’s) life, Weber presents a very interesting alternative to today’s emphasis on the economic side of the medical practice and also to modern-day student loans.

Since his life was saved as a teenager by a deeply religious nurse, John Peter Weber dedicated his life to saving the lives of others. He performed hard physical labor over a long period of time in order to pay the cost of attending medical school. His medical career took place amidst some of the most primitive country in the United States including Hell’s Canyon of the Snake River, Salmon River Canyon, and the Bitterroot Mountains.

Presenting not an ideal but real practice of one heroic physician from the earlier times, Weber gets his message across that an unselfish, humanitarian, and courageous medical practice can be rewarding.

“The Christmas Doctor”

By Tom Weber

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 112 pages | ISBN 9781491815601

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 112 pages | ISBN 9781491815618

e-book | 112 pages | ISBN 9781491815595

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Tom Weber was born at Boise, Idaho, in 1946. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 1970 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah in 1973. Through the years, he has worked for a number of governmental agencies, including the Utah State Insurance Fund and the United States Tariff Commission. While growing up in southern Idaho, Mr. Weber accompanied his father on many of his house calls. He resides at Salt Lake City.  “As I began to earnestly research my father's life,” recalls the author, “and caught a glimpse of his enormous achievement, I sensed my unworthiness to search further. I was treading on holy ground. It was like entering a sacred shrine and involuntarily dropping to one’s knees in awe. Still, I determined to stay the course despite my weakness since no one else was likely to ever do so.”  The author can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at P.O. Box 1321, West Jordan, UT 84084.

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Woman Warrior Out to Conquer Iowa and Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:01

First the Book then Turning Hearts and Minds

Miyoko Hikiji set out to help conquer Iraq ten years ago with the U.S. Army and today her sights are on the American homeland. She wrote of her Iraq experiences in her book All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq published by Chronology Books, an imprint of History Publishing Company, and now she is telling her story to those who want to hear her tell of her exploits, what she did and experienced, and what she saw and would like to forget. She has been interviewed on several dozen radio and television programs and spoken in museums, bookstores and military installations since her book was published in May, 2013. Add the places below, the list is growing and more are pending. She has become a force of one.

  • Friday February 7th, 7:05pm being honored as the "Hero of the Game" Iowa Wild Hockey Team, Des Moines, IA
  • Wednesday, February 9th Noon Presentation and book signing at Griswold Public Library, Griswold, IA
  • Thursday, February 27th 6:30pm Presentation and book signing at Bertha Bartlett Library, Story City, IA
  • Tuesday, March 4th 6-9pm Book signing at Oakbrook Center Barnes and Noble, Oak Brook, IL
  • Wednesday, March 5th 730-9pm "Date with History" presentation at the First Division Museum at Catigny with book signing 30 minutes prior and after, Wheaton, IL
  • Friday, March 28th. Presentations at 10th Annual Diversity Conference, Indian Hill Community College, Ottumwa, IA
  • Friday, March 28th - Sunday, March 30th "Writing My Way Back Home" Workshop, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Saturday, April 12th 9am-noon Book signing at Ankeny Authors Fair, Kirkendall Public Library, Ankeny, IA
  • Saturday, April 19th 2-3pm Presentation and book signing at James Kennedy Public Library, Dyersville, IA
  • Tuesday, May 6th Time TBA Presentation at Patty Turner Community Center, Deerfield, IL

Miyoko Hikiji’s book  All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq is available at Barnes and Noble bookstores, fine independent bookstores and on Review copies of her book are available to accredited members of the media. Contact: Don Bracken, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 845-398-8161

2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award Winners Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:24

The University of Iowa Press is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Awards. Heather A. Slomski is the winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons. Kathleen Founds's When Mystical Creatures Attack! is the winner of the 2014 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. The recipients were selected by Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. The University of Iowa Press will publish both collections in the fall of 2014.

About the Authors


After earning her MFA from Western Michigan University, Heather A. Slomski held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant, she currently teaches writing at Concordia College and lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, with her husband, son, and dog.


Kathleen Founds has worked at a nursing home, a phone bank, a South Texas middle school, and a midwestern technical college specializing in truck driving certificates. She got her undergraduate degree at Stanford and her MFA at Syracuse. She teaches social-justice themed English classes at Cabrillo College in Watsonville, California, and writes while her toddler is napping. Her fiction has been published in The Sun, Epiphany, Booth Journal, The MacGuffin, and Stanford Alumni Magazine.

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