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2013.05.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Writes Book on Fatherhood
'Daddy Long Legs' Tells Story of Father Reconnecting With Young Sons After Health Scare

Omaha - “The first worm, Daddy! The first worm of spring!”

The joyous words of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor John Price’s three-year-old son open a new memoir on fatherhood, which Price will soon be promoting across the Midwest.

Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father” follows Price’s rediscovery of what it means to be a father after a heart attack scare forces him to re-evaluate what is important in life. The book’s title is in reference to a major arc in the book, in which Price’s nature-loving sons decide to make their house a “no-kill zone” for all living creatures – and all of the encounters with insects that follow.

Price will be reading from his book at more than half a dozen Midwest locations over the next month including a Tuesday, June 4, stop at the Garden Grove Eatery, 1911 Old Lincoln Hwy, in Crescent, Iowa. The reading will run from 7 – 8 p.m. and be preceded by a 6 p.m. dinner.

Price’s memoir was released earlier this month, just ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16. The book has already been well received by critics, readers and fathers alike:

“Daddy Long Legs is an everyman’s tale demonstrating the upside of Tolstoy’s famous line: happy families are all alike,” writes Kurt Anderson, an Omaha native and host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360. “Thank goodness for gifted storytellers who can depict the good luck and hard work of being a member of one of those families.”

“Filled with grace, deep compassion, and the necessary consolation of the natural world, John Price’s Daddy Long Legs is a wise and articulate portrait of family and fatherhood,” says Dinty W. Moore, author of “The Mindful Writer” and winner of the National Book Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. “If this book had wings, it would settle gently onto your chest, just above the heart.”

In addition to his reading in Crescent, Price will be providing readings of “Daddy Long Legs” in Denver, Iowa City, St. Paul and St. Louis in the coming weeks.

Price is the director of UNO’s Creative Nonfiction writing program, which is part of the Department of English. Price is also the author of 2008’s “Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships,” which won Orion Magazine’s “2009 Reader’s Choice Award,” and 2004’s “Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands.”

UNO’s Creative Nonfiction program is designed for authors and teachers who wish to use their own experiences to help guide their writing. Areas of focus in creative writing include autobiographies, narrative nonfiction, travel writing, nature writing, memoirs and more.

To read more about John Price, visit his website at http://www.johntprice.com.

For media inquiries about Price’s book or the UNO creative nonfiction program, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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