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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."

Postcards from the River’s Edge: Doug Smith Explores Davenport’s Past Through Photos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 02:19

Doug Smith ephemera Authors who'd kill for a publisher to even consider their works probably hate Doug Smith.

The Davenport native, a bio-medical equipment technician at Genesis Medical Center, is also a noted collector of local photographs, papers, and artifacts, and has written a regular feature column - "Doug's Q-C Collectibles" - for the Quad-City Times since February 2007.

Yet finding a company willing to publish his first book, says Smith, wasn't a struggle: "They actually found me."

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