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Co-author of famed 'Chicken Soup' series to discuss 9/11 at UNI<br>

September 2, 2002

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will be the keynote speaker during the University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week celebration.

Her address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion. There is no charge to attend.

Also the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' 'A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' and 'Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul,' her books have sold more than 10 million copies. In 1997, 'USA Today' noted that 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' was one of only three books to appear on its top-50 bestseller list every week of that year. The same article named her and co-author Marci Shimoff the top female authors of the year.

Diversity Week, a celebration of differing cultures, runs Sunday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 13, at UNI.

Read Hawthorne's appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.