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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.

Literary Arts in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 July 2007 02:47

Listen to the Pictures: Sandy Dyas, "Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 June 2007 02:24

Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa MusiciansIowa roots musician Greg Brown gazes out from the sepia dust-jacket of Sandra Dyas's Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians as if he were part of a modern-day American Gothic, setting the tone for a book filled with earthy photographs. This picture is found inside in black and white, opposite a posed shot of Kevin Gordon in front of a door haloed with postcards.

Winners of the 2007 River Cities’ Reader Short-Fiction Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:39

Reader issue #635 For the River Cities' Reader's fourth-annual short-fiction contest, we got mean. Diabolical. Bound-for-hell cruel.

Oh, sure, in the past we gave the challenge of starting or ending with a particular line, or including seven specific words in a story. We've limited you to 200 words.

This year, in addition to the relatively mundane prompts of a photograph and a fortune cookie, we devised what we called the "Wheel of Fortune challenge," in which authors could not use the letters R, S, T, L, N, and E. As you'll see from the winners and other selected entries, that nasty constraint gave us our most creative and playful entries.



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