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Several Book Festival Authors
May Interest Medical Community

RELEASED: Sept. 29, 2006

book cover of Forever OursEAU CLAIRE — Several of the authors presenting at the 7th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Oct. 15-22, may be of special interest to doctors, nurses, nursing home and hospice workers and others in the health care professions.

Dr. Janis Amatuzio, physician and author of "Forever Ours," which explores stories of the spiritual and otherworldly experiences concerning the transition between life and death, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the McIntyre Library Breezeway at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Reading with her will be Katherine Schneider, a UW-Eau Claire senior psychologist emerita who recently published her book, "To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities. The two also will present "Optimism in the Face of Death and Disability," at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Eau Claire Room of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. A radio interview with Amatuzio also will air sometime during the 5 to 6 p.m. hour of "Spectrum West" on 88.3 WHWC.

Known as the "compassionate coroner," Amatuzio is the founder and president of Midwest Forensic Pathology, P.A., and has worked in the field of forensic medicine for nearly 25 years. She serves as coroner and provides forensic pathology services to several counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A frequent media guest and a columnist for Imagine magazine, she was also featured as the forensic pathology expert in a documentary about historical women serial killers produced by the Discovery Channel in 2005 and was a featured guest in an NBC documentary in 2004.

In the course of her work, she has heard extraordinary stories from grieving family members, patients near death, police officers, clergy, and colleagues, and she presents these accounts in "Forever Ours," which as been described as "one of the most amazing books New World Library has ever seen."

Pamela Gardow, a library media specialist at Memorial High School and a member of the committee organizing the book festival, has heard Amatuzio and calls her "a fabulous story teller."

"Amatuzio's book will bring hope and comfort to health care workers and others that face death and the grief of loved ones." Gardow said.

In her book, Schneider, who has been blind since birth and a Seeing Eye dog user for the past 30 years, takes the reader through the activities of her daily life talking to children about disabilities, traveling, going to church, working and more.

According to Schneider, 54 million Americans have chronic illnesses or disabilities requiring them to make accommodations in the ways they live their lives.

Schneider has been writing, editing and working toward publication of this book for the past 10 years, continuing a lifelong pattern of inspiring achievement. Three years after becoming the first blind student to graduate from a Kalamazoo, Mich., public high school, Schneider received her bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Michigan State University. Since earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, she has worked at four universities, spending her last 14 years in Counseling Services at UW-Eau Claire. Her professional work has been recognized with awards from the Courage Center, UW-Eau Claire, and the University of Wisconsin System Regents, among others.

Coordinated by the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in cooperation with the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, the Chippewa Valley Museum, and UW-Eau Claire, the festival is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Additional support is provided by corporate sponsors, funding partners, businesses and individual contributors.

For a complete schedule of Book Festival events, visit www.uwec.edu/dc/ap/cvbf/.

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