Who Iowans are may surprise you! Iowa writer Linda Egenes coauthored, with Dr. Kumuda Reddy, a retelling of the most widely read epic in world history--The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic--Complete and Comprehensive. The Ramayana is a cultural and spiritual guide for over a billion people in India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and beyond. For contemporary readers, this new retelling, published by Tarcher Perigee, streamlines Rama's epic quest, originally penned as 24,000 verses contained in seven volumes.

Michael Otterson has served as director of media relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) since 1997. Mr. Otterson was born and educated in England. For 11 years, from 1965-1976, he worked as a journalist on newspapers in Britain, Australia and Japan.itics and business.

Michael Sternfeld will discuss a course he is teaching, The Art of Ramayan, Ramayan as Art. He will also discuss the classic Indian literature.

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