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Joslin and Dybek star at Chicago book fair

June 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Stuart Dybek and Dr. Katherine Joslin, both professors of English at Western Michigan University, were among the principal authors featured at the 2006 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, one of the nation's leading book expositions.

Appearing in one of the fair's main events, Joslin and author Louise W. Knight read from their respective books about Chicago's Jane Addams, a peace activist and social reformer. Joslin read from her 2004 biography, "Jane Addams, a Writer's Life," and Knight read from "Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy."

Joslin and Knight were interviewed for television during the fair. The interviews focus on the two authors' reflections of Nobel Peace Prize winner Addams and will be carried Sunday, June 18, at 2:15 p.m. on C-Span 2's "Book TV."

Dybek, a native Chicagoan, was another featured author at the fair. His 1990 collection of short stories, "Coast of Chicago," was adapted for the stage and premiered in Chicago earlier this year. The book also was a recent selection for the award-winning One Book, One Chicago citywide reading program. Dybek's most recent work, "Streets in Their Own Ink," is a book of poetry.

The annual fair, held June 3-4 this year, is the largest outdoor literary event in the Midwest. Some 85,000 people turn out to hear readings by the nation's leading authors, peruse books and enjoy family entertainment.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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