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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."

Wooten’s Worldly Words: Don Wooten, "And Another Thing ..." PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:37

The words "thoughtful" and "newspaper columnist" don't normally go together. Columnists can be many things - angry, or incisive, or crabby, or nostalgic, or funny, or cloying - but rarely do you find one who seems genuinely curious about the world around him, and who has many experiences through which to view it.

Looking at Books Beyond Words: “The Year of the Book” Begins with Lectures September 19 and 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 September 2007 02:33

John Buchtel When you pick up a book or magazine, your conscious mind is almost certainly looking at the cover and the text inside.

But what else are you processing? You might not realize it, but the book is sending signals about itself with cover art, typography, the thickness and texture of the pages, binding, printing mistakes, wear and tear, and heft.

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