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Human Villains: Whistleblower Cynthia Cooper, April 10 at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 02:07

Cynthia CooperIn Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, Cynthia Cooper quickly reveals herself to be surprisingly open-hearted about the multi-billion-dollar WorldCom fraud that she exposed in 2002.

The author, who will be speaking at Augustana College on Thursday, treats her subjects as people rather than villains, which plays into what she hopes to accomplish with her book.

"I felt strongly that there were such valuable lessons that could be gleaned and shared, particularly with the next generation," she said in an interview last week. "With professionals, but also with students."

Rescuing Alice: Stacy A. Cordery, March 29 at Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:41

Stacey Cordery Stacy A. Cordery didn't want to rescue Alice Roosevelt Longworth from her reputation.

Strange Interludes: Author Elizabeth McCracken, at Augustana College March 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 02:01

Elizabeth McCracken The literary works of author Elizabeth McCracken include a novel about an unusual romance between a 26-year-old woman and a boy 15 years her junior; a period piece exploring the 30-year friendship between two vaudeville performers; and a short-story collection that includes tales of a wife who allows her tattoo-artist husband to use her body as a canvas, and a man who grows his hair irrationally long so his comatose spouse can cut it upon her awakening.

Trawler Scrawler: Midwest Writing Center Artist-in-Residence Felicia Schneiderhan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:30

Felicia Schneiderhan Freelance writer Felicia Schneiderhan - the Midwest Writing Center's artist-in-residence beginning March 1 - is currently at work on a nonfiction book detailing her first married year with husband Mark. The endeavor, which focuses on the Chicago author's adjustment to her new home, is still only in rough-draft form, yet you can likely get a sense of the finished piece by visiting ( and reading the entries that are flush with Schneiderhan's newlywed spirit, including "Peeing in a Bucket," "Why Our Shit Don't Stink," and "You Want to Put It Where?"

Exposure Territory: Author Eddy Harris Challenges Notions of Race and Cultural Identity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 02:13

Reader issue #670 "One of the hazards of telling your tales, recounting this kind of adventure, is that the marvels of them cannot be hidden; they rise to the surface like bubbles and burst with tiny explosions of excitement."

So writes Eddy Harris in his 1988 nonfiction Mississippi Solo, a first-person account of the author's 99-day trek down the Mississippi River. Yet while that sentence boasts a lovely analogy, why would the telling of tales - at least for Harris - be considered hazardous?

"It's exposure," the author explains during our recent phone interview. "You expose yourself - in many ways physical, but primarily emotional ways. People just get a glimpse at you and somehow it's... well, dangerous, because it can be used against you sometimes."

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