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Jan. 23, 2006
Contact: Lisa Eitner, Oread Books, (785) 864-4431.

Author events at Oread Books to feature KU basketball, solar energy

LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball and solar electricity are topics of books featured in two upcoming events presented by the University of Kansas’ Oread Books store.

KU basketball legend Bud Stallworth, a consensus All-American in 1972, will autograph copies of Tales from the Jayhawks Hardwood: Second Edition on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Oread Books, Level 2 in the Kansas Union. Stallworth, who wrote the foreword to the book, and the author, sportswriter Mark Stallard, will visit with KU fans and sign copies of the new updated softcover edition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the KU vs. Iowa State basketball game. The book signing is free and open to the public.

Tales from the Jayhawks Hardwood: Second Edition (Sports Publishing, L.L.C.) is a revised and updated collection of firsthand memories from the players and coaches who made basketball history at KU. One of the most storied and tradition-rich basketball programs in America, the Jayhawks have produced many basketball legends.

In another event, Lawrence author and KU graduate Eileen M. Smith will read from, display and discuss her work on solar electricity as presented in her 2005 book-on-CD ElectriCity, Vol. 1: Beyond the Curve of Deregulation — featuring Neighborhood Energy Watch Solution Groups and the Ethos of Commerce, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Traditions Area, Level 4 of the Kansas Union. It is free and open to the public.

During the last decade, Smith has been involved in a variety of U.S. and international initiatives to inform and support consumer and government involvement in solar electricity generation and distribution. Smith strongly advocates solar power as a viable source of significant supplies of electricity and as a solution to the supply, security and environmental issues resulting from dependence on fossil fuels.

Smith launched the Kansas Solar Electric Cooperatives deployment program in 2005 to produce and distribute 10 percent solar electricity throughout Kansas by 2016. She also published the book ElectriCity to document the history, technology, structure and philosophy of the emerging solar energy marketplace.

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