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Memoir portrays spiritual side of rural medical practice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
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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Written by University of Iowa Press   
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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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 17 January 2014 09:06

MOLINE, IL – WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Tuesday, April 8, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's 60th Street campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3561 60th St., Moline, Illinois 61265.

Sixteen local winners (four from each grade) will be honored with prizes at a ceremony held at the Butterworth Center in May and will appear on-air in a promotion for PBS Kids programs on WQPT. First place winners will compete for national prizes and their stories will appear on the WQPT website. Finalists and participating classrooms will also receive free books. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Finalists and participating classrooms will receive free books.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact Ana Kehoe at (309) 764-2400 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding and support for the writing contest has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, Midwest Writing Center and WQPT.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.


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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:54

MOLINE, IL – WQPT- Quad Cities PBS is offering a $500 Broadcast Scholarship to Western Illinois University students pursuing a degree in broadcasting. The annual award can be applied to tuition, books, and fees.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

•  Be accepted to, or currently enrolled in, the broadcasting program at Western Illinois University in the broadcasting program.

•  Reside in WQPT’s viewing area or have recently graduated from a high school in the WQPT viewing area.

•  Have an overall 2.5 grade point average (a 3.0 GPA in broadcasting classes; not applicable to incoming college freshmen).

•  Preference given to full-time students (part-time students may apply).

For more information and to download the application form, visit or call (309) 764-2400 or (877) 413-2424. Applications are due Friday, April 18.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.

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