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Harley McIlrath to read fiction at UNI

December 2, 2011

Vince Gotera, Professor of English, UNI Languages & Literatures, 319-273-7061,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Speak" Reading Series will host a reading by fiction writer J. Harley McIlrath on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in 161 Baker Hall on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

McIlrath is known in the metro area as the founder and proprietor of the fine and used bookstore Bought Again Books, formerly in Cedar Falls.

McIlrath will be reading from his book of short fiction, "Possum Trot," which tells Iowa stories. Author David Campbell said McIlrath is "always true to the Iowa earth." Editor Steven Horwitz said, "J. Harley McIlrath knows the landscape, physical and emotional, of the family farm and the small town."

For more information, contact Vince Gotera, coordinator of UNI's creative writing program, at 319-273-7061,