Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Interview with David Peterson, pt. 1

Just published by the University of Iowa Press, The Drake Relays: America's Athletic Classic is a selection from nearly forty years of photographs of the famed track meet by Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer David Peterson. Here, Peterson talks to UI Press editor Catherine Cocks about what the relays have meant to him as a runner and a photographer.

Athlete Kip Janvrin with his five-year-old son Mason
CC: What did the Drake Relays mean to you as a college athlete?

DP: The Drake Relays was one of the premiere meets of the year, second only in importance to our Big 8 conference championships. It was the third and final event of the “relays circuit,” which included the Texas Relays, the Kansas Relays, and the Drake Relays. The competition was better at Drake than at the other two meets because it also included teams from the Big 10 and a few from the west coast as well. It was also a chance to compete for the “grand slam” in a relay event (winning the same event at Texas, Kansas, and Drake), which my teammates and I accomplished twice, winning the two-mile relay “grand slam” in 1969 and 1970.

Coach Dena Evans with her nine-month-old daughter Adrienne
CC: What was it like to come back to the relays as a photographer after having competed there?

DP: It was an unexpected pleasure, because when I graduated from Kansas State, where I competed in track, I wasn't really certain of what my career path would be. Once I figured that out, the opportunity to be a newspaper photographer opened up that Drake Relays door again for me—experiencing it from a totally different perspective.





Monday, April 21, 2014

The Drake Relays, April 23 - 27

The Drake Relays start in Des Moines on Wednesday! To start preparing yourself, enjoy these photographs from previous Drake Relays and stop by the rest of the week to read our interview with David Peterson, author of The Drake Relays.



The Drake Relays: America's Athletic Classic, by David Peterson

Friday, April 18, 2014

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau Reading & Presentation

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, author of Biting through the Skin, will read and present from her new book next weekend in Chicago! For more information, visit our Facebook event. We hope you can make it!

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Kendall College, 900 N North Branch Street, Chicago, IL

Praise for Biting through the Skin
"It should be noted that the recipe for the keema… had me combing the country for cardamom pods."—New York Times Book Review

"Lush and lyrical, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau's memoir, Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, blends foods and childhood, cuisine and family into a story that resonates and lingers like the spices she lovingly describes."—Kansas City Star

"A beautiful and sensitive memoir—with recipes!—about life in Kansas for a Bengali family."—Star Tribune

Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau Reading & Presentation

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, author of Biting through the Skin, will read and present from her new book next weekend at the Chicago Foodways Roundtable! For more information, visit our Facebook event. We hope you can make it!

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Kendall College, 900 N North Branch Street, Chicago, IL

Praise for Biting through the Skin
"It should be noted that the recipe for the keema… had me combing the country for cardamom pods."—New York Times Book Review

"Lush and lyrical, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau's memoir, Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, blends foods and childhood, cuisine and family into a story that resonates and lingers like the spices she lovingly describes."—Kansas City Star

"A beautiful and sensitive memoir—with recipes!—about life in Kansas for a Bengali family."—Star Tribune

Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

David Peterson Book Signing

David Peterson, author of The Drake Relays and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, will be signing copies of his new book this weekend! He will be in Des Moines, just in time for the Drake Relays. For more information or to RSVP, visit our Facebook event.

Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Friedrichs Coffee, 4126 University Ave, Des Moines, IA

Praise for The Drake Relays
"If, as the great sports commentator Heywood Hale Broun has said, 'Sports do not build character. They reveal it,' then here—in the masterful images of David Peterson—is character revealed beautifully, powerfully, fully."—Chris Johns, editor in chief, National Geographic

The Drake Relays: America's Athletic Classic, by David Peterson

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Gardening Tip—from GARDENING IN IOWA AND SURROUNDING AREAS

"To contain plants that spread quickly and can become invasive (such as mint and lily-of-the-valley), plant them in a piece of sewer pipe or a bucket or plastic pot with the bottom cut or knocked out."
—Lucille Keeling, Federated Flower Art Club, Cedar Falls

Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas, by Veronica Lorson Fowler with the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa

Friday, April 11, 2014

Amana Pickled Ham recipe



The University of Iowa Press is making Easter preparation easy for you this year by providing an Easter ham recipe from Lawrence L. Rettig's Gardening the Amana Way. Now all that's left to worry about is where to hide the eggs!

Amana Pickled Ham
4 cups cubed ham
1 large sliced onion
2 cups water
1 cup vinegar

Combine all ingredients and let stand at room temperature for four hours, then refrigerate.

Bon appétit!