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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 5, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Library book group explores “Chautauqua Summer”

“Book Discovery Discussions” concludes 2008-2009 season this month

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library concludes its 2008-2009 “Book Discovery Discussions” season this month with Julie McDonald’s “Chautauqua Summer.”

“Book Discovery Discussions” will meet at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact State Historical Librarian Susan Jellinger at susan.jellinger@iowa.gov or 515-281-5111 for more information.

Participants are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch or order lunch-to-go from Café Baratta’s. Lemonade and iced tea will be provided. Part of the book group discussion will focus on recommendations for and memories of good summertime reading.

“Chautauqua Summer” takes readers along with young Lem, a 17-year-old Iowa musician plucked from Harlan to travel the Chautauqua circuit with the Royal Serenaders. It is a coming-of-age story heavily sprinkled with historical tidbits of people and places from the early part of the 20th century.

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