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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Iowa Journalist Tells His Story and Autographs Newest Book

“A reminder that even the smallest newspaper can hold the most powerful among us accountable...Cullen and his brother are heroic figures.” – The New York Times Book Review

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Art Cullen’s presentation of his story and the important issues in the “heartland.” Adequate time will be given for questions. In addition, Cullen will autograph any books that audience members own. Books will also be available for purchase.

When The Storm Lake Times, a tiny Iowa twice-weekly newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on big corporate agri-industry for poisoning the local rivers and lake, it was a coup in several ways: a point for the well-being of a rural community, a win for a family-run rural newspaper, and applause to the talents and tenacity of a native son. Art Cullen has included this information in his best-selling non-fiction work, “Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope From a Heartland Newspaper.” The Pulitzer judges wrote that Cullen won for his “editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, im- pressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.”

“Storm Lake” is part memoir/family history and a political critique that traces the dramatic changes and challenges faced by his home town in the last forty years. As a result, he takes on issues such as pollution, immigration, political corruption and industrial agriculture.

This work has received plaudits from various readers and reviewers around the country. Chief Political Correspondent of The Washington Post, Dan Balz notes “Pulitizer Prize winner Art Cullen embodies what community journalism is all about, which is an un- derstanding—even love—of place and people, a determination to make things better and the backbone to challenge powerful interests. This book will delight you and inform you and surprise you. It will give you hope.” Former Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack comments that “Art Cullen does not believe in the notion of fly-over country. He knows that Storm Lake is a place where hard working and com- munity-minded people live, work and play. He believes strongly that Storm Lake is worth writing about and fighting for, and you will too after reading ‘Storm Lake.’”

Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2218-12 


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