Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City Book Festival

The Iowa City Book Festival will be held Oct. 5-16, 2020. Authors include James A. Autry, Rana Awdish, Erika Billerbeck, Eve L. Ewing, Thomas Frank, Anja Kampmann, Jill McCorkle, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Pilar Quintana, and Ron Rash.

The Iowa City Book Festival, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, is an annual celebration of authors, readers and writing. It will be held Oct. 5-16, 2020. Sponsors include the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council, and more.

A Question of Choice in Noir Fiction 10/15/2021

A Question of Choice in Noir Fiction

Check this out! #ICBF21 author Gregory Galloway joins Criminal Element this week to grapple with the question: what's a matter of choice and what's downright inevitable in the noir genre. Gregory's new book, Just Thieves, is a twisty and twisted crime novel that evokes the worlds of George V. Higgins, Patricia Highsmith, and David Mamet.
Catch Galloway at the Book Festival Saturday, October 23 at 11:30 AM in the Iowa City Public Library.

https://www.criminalelement.com/a-question-of-choice-in-noir-fiction/?utm_source=criminalelementnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=criminalelementaudience&utm_content=-na_read_blogpost&utm_campaign=101221&e=423ce836654541c48cf8b9565341fd193076d84f12513a8ba806d2c4a9e4bd85

A Question of Choice in Noir Fiction Gregory Galloway's new noir novel Just Thieves is a twisted crime novel that evokes George V. Higgins, Patricia Highsmith, and David Mamet.

10/14/2021

6 pm CT TONIGHT join us for Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in conversation!

Join us for this special pre-festival virtual event with #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, will moderate.

More info: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

6 pm CT TONIGHT join us for Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in conversation!

Join us for this special pre-festival virtual event with #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, will moderate.

More info: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

Book Review: 'Meatpacking America' by Kristy Nabhan-Warren - Little Village 10/12/2021

Book Review: 'Meatpacking America' by Kristy Nabhan-Warren - Little Village

Check out this reading from Little Village Mag on 'Meatpacking America' by Kristy Nabhan-Warren- one of our 2021 #ICBF authors!

Check out Kristy Nabhan-Warren on Saturday, October 23 at 1 pm in the Iowa City Public Library.

http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/schedule/

Book Review: 'Meatpacking America' by Kristy Nabhan-Warren - Little Village In the popular imagination, the small-town Midwest exists in a state of fixed, unchanging idyll, in which people who have always lived there and always will pass on to their children the rural values and traditions they themselves inherited. For some, often on the political right, these values are h...

10/12/2021

Two more days to register for this special pre-festival event!

Have you registered for Simon & Schuster's AuthorFest event yet? Join us on 7 pm, October 14 for a discussion #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, will moderate. Do you have a question for Bob Woodward and Robert Costa? The authors will answer a limited number of questions submitted in advance by readers.

More info: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

10/08/2021

Have you registered for Simon & Schuster's AuthorFest event yet? Join us on 7 pm, October 14 for a discussion #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, will moderate.

Do you have a question for Bob Woodward and Robert Costa? The authors will answer a limited number of questions submitted in advance by readers.

More info: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

Have you registered for Simon & Schuster's AuthorFest event yet? Join us on 7 pm, October 14 for a discussion #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, will moderate.

Do you have a question for Bob Woodward and Robert Costa? The authors will answer a limited number of questions submitted in advance by readers.

More info: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

10/08/2021

FilmScene has so many Dostoevsky films scheduled for the week of the Book Festival that they warrant their own page in their "In Focus" newsletter! Check out these screenings and support one of our great festival partners. https://icfilmscene.org/series/dostoevsky-adapted/

FilmScene has so many Dostoevsky films scheduled for the week of the Book Festival that they warrant their own page in their "In Focus" newsletter! Check out these screenings and support one of our great festival partners. https://icfilmscene.org/series/dostoevsky-adapted/

10/07/2021

4 pm today join UI Center for Human Rights for a virtual One Community, One Book book club! This year's OCOB is Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.

The One Community, One Book program, also known as OCOB, is an annual community-wide reading project coordinated by the UICHR. The project invites campus and community members to read the same human rights-related text and participate in activities like this book club!

Dr. Miller worked as a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and is now a sociologist studying mass incarceration. He has spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison.

The virtual book club sessions will be the perfect preparation for our OCOB author keynote as part of the #ICBF on 10/21!

More info: https://uichr.uiowa.edu/events

4 pm today join UI Center for Human Rights for a virtual One Community, One Book book club! This year's OCOB is Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.

The One Community, One Book program, also known as OCOB, is an annual community-wide reading project coordinated by the UICHR. The project invites campus and community members to read the same human rights-related text and participate in activities like this book club!

Dr. Miller worked as a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and is now a sociologist studying mass incarceration. He has spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison.

The virtual book club sessions will be the perfect preparation for our OCOB author keynote as part of the #ICBF on 10/21!

More info: https://uichr.uiowa.edu/events

10/01/2021

We have BIG news! 7 pm October 14, as part of a bonus pre-Book Festival event, we're participating in Simon & Schuster's AuthorFest! Join #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another.

This event will be virtual. Register for the event here: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

We have BIG news! 7 pm October 14, as part of a bonus pre-Book Festival event, we're participating in Simon & Schuster's AuthorFest! Join #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss Peril, the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another.

This event will be virtual. Register for the event here: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/bob-woodward-and-robert-costa-in-conversation/

Iowa City Book Festival 2021 Takes Hybrid Format ・ Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature 09/28/2021

Iowa City Book Festival 2021 Takes Hybrid Format ・ Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Iowa City Book Festival 2021 Takes Hybrid Format ・ Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival offers readings, film screenings, exhibits, and more, late October and throughout the fall IOWA CITY – The 13th annual Iowa City Book Festival, which will be held Oct. 18-24, will feature a mix of in-person and online events that blend original programming and partnerships ...

08/12/2021

#MLBatFieldofDreams is tonight! What does this have to do with literature you ask? The film Field of Dreams was based on a book, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.
AND in 2019, the 30th anniversary of the film, Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P Kinsella by William Steele was published.
Check out our 2019 Iowa City Book Festival event with William Steele here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiJqvQ6zSJo

#MLBatFieldofDreams is tonight! What does this have to do with literature you ask? The film Field of Dreams was based on a book, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.
AND in 2019, the 30th anniversary of the film, Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P Kinsella by William Steele was published.
Check out our 2019 Iowa City Book Festival event with William Steele here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiJqvQ6zSJo

10/17/2020

Hope Edelman and Kelly Carlin are having a great conversation about Edelman's new book, "The Aftergrief," right now at the Book festival. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/icbf-edelman

crowdcast.io 10/12/2020

Paul Engle Prize: Dr. Eve L. Ewing - Crowdcast

Our Paul Engle Prize award ceremony with 2020 winner Dr. Eve L. Ewing begins at 7 p.m. CT. Join us to hear more about this amazing author and her work in poetry, nonfiction. playwriting, graphic novels and more. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/engleprize-ewing

crowdcast.io Register now for Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Monday October 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm CDT.

10/12/2020

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Tonight's the night for our Paul Engle Prize ceremony, where we will recognize Dr. Eve L. Ewing. Join us at 7 p.m.

Learn more about our Paul Engle Prize winner, Dr. Eve L. Ewing. We will honor Dr. Ewing with the prize at a special virtual ceremony at 7 tonight. She will talk about her work, and then Andre Perry with the Englert Theatre will moderate a Q&A. You can join the event free at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/engleprize-ewing.

10/11/2020

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We have a big day with local authors at the festival today. Join us at 2 p.m. for Iowa DNR Officer Erika Billerbeck, who will discuss her new book, "Wildland Sentinel." At 4 p.m., we'll hear from Charles Connerly, professor and director of the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, who will discuss his new book, "Green, Fair and Prosperous: Paths to a Sustainable Iowa." Links and more information at www.iowacitybookfestival.org.

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10/10/2020

Our event with Ron Rash and Jill McCorkle, moderated by Kathleen Johnson from Prairie Lights, is underway. Join us! https://www.crowdcast.io/e/icbf-mccorkle-rash

crowdcast.io 10/05/2020

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Crowdcast

We get started today with more than two weeks of Book Festival events. To make your festival-going experience as easy as possible, take a moment to sign up for Crowdcast in advance. It takes just a few seconds to sign up, and then you are all set to register for each of the free festival events with the push of a button. Click through to the site on any event listing, click the "Save My Spot" button and follow the simple directions. Or visit www.crowdcast.io/cityofliterature and click "sign up." You can follow the City of Literature to learn about all of our events when they happen.

crowdcast.io The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization manages Iowa City's designation as one of just two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the United States. It...

10/02/2020

3 days until #ICBF2020! What event are you most excited for this year?

http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/schedule/

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Have you checked out our Book Festival lineup yet?? What are you waiting for! We have lots of virtual free events from October 5-16 that we can't wait to show you!

http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/

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09/30/2020

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09/30/2020

Next Tuesday we're hosting a virtual #ICBF20 event with Prairie Lights, so you'd better get reading! Pick up your copy of The People, No, by Thomas Frank at Prairie Lights Bookstore today.

Check out the full schedule of events for this year's book festival here: http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/schedule/

09/29/2020

One of our Book Festival authors, Fatima Farheen Mirza, was recently named one of The National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35! Mirza's book, A Place For Us, was chosen by the UI Center for Human Rights as this year's One Community One Book.
Mirza will be joining us at the Book Festival for a virtual reading October 7.

http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/schedule/

crowdcast.io 09/28/2020

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Crowdcast

Most of this year's Iowa City Book Festival events will be held through Crowdcast.io. It is similar to Zoom, but more flexible for events such as ours. To follow the City of Literature on Crowdcast, visit the link. You will be notified every time we post an event, and can see what we have done in the past as well. Once you have a Crowdcast account (it's free!), all you need to do is click "Save my spot" and you are registered. It's that easy! Note: some partner events will be held on Zoom; details about where to go for each event are on the Facebook event listing and on the festival website. In the meantime, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/cityofliterature to follow us and see all of the festival events as they are posted.

crowdcast.io The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization manages Iowa City's designation as one of just two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the United States. It ...

09/28/2020

Iowa City Book Festival's cover photo

09/28/2020

This year's Iowa City Book Festival has moved online, but it still will celebrate authors from around the block and around the world. Join us for virtual events from Oct. 5-16 that will allow you to hear from and interact with authors. All are free and open to the public. Sign up and watch live, or watch a recorded version when it works with your schedule. Being online means we can be flexible, so we're adding events as we finalize the schedule. Check out our website for the most up-to-date schedule and author bios: www.iowacitybookfestival.org.

01/23/2020

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Nominations are open for UI Center for Human Rights' One Community One Book 2020! Authors of selected books are always invited to the Iowa City Book Festival.

If you've recently read a good book exploring a human rights issue, nominate it here by February 5th: https://uichr.uiowa.edu/what-we-do/one-community-one-book/one-community-one-book-2019/

surveymonkey.com 10/10/2019

2019 Iowa City Book Festival survey

Did you attend this year's Iowa City Book Festival? If so, would you take a quick moment to fill out a survey and let us know about your experience? Feedback after past festivals led to changes to improve our operations, and your input this year will help us to make 2020 even better.

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10/07/2019

A huge thanks to all the volunteers, festival venues, book fair vendors, sponsors, donations, local businesses and organizations, and of course, the authors for making another great Book Festival. Already can't wait for next year!

[10/05/19]   It's the University of Iowa Press' 50th anniversary this year! This year as part of the Book Festival we have three authors published by the University of Iowa Press. Come see Kendra Allen, Paula Becker, and Don Waters today speak about their latest books. There will also be a panel on the U of I press' 50th anniversary at 11:30 am at Iowa City Masonic Building.

Full schedule of events and locations can be found at iowacitybookfestival.org

10/05/2019

Who's ready for a full day of literature mania in Iowa City??? We have events all day at Prairie Lights Bookstore, FilmScene, Iowa City Senior Center, Iowa City Public Library, and Iowa City Masonic Building. Also, don't forget to stop by the book fair at MERGE Iowa City to grab your very own Iowa City is Lit(erature) t-shirt. Free tote bag with purchase!

Check out iowacitybookfestival.org for the full schedule of events.

10/05/2019

Such a big Friday in the City of Literature!

It’s a busy Friday in the Main Library! We’ve been having fun making and sharing zines this afternoon in the North Lobby. Thanks to Kalmia Strong, Julia Leonard, and Rich Dana for leading the workshop today! This activity complements the current exhibit in the Main Library Gallery: “Rising Together | Protest in Print,” which will be on display through January 3, 2020.

10/04/2019

55 hours later, the public reading of "War and Peace" comes to a close. More than 150 volunteer readers took part over the past five days. Amanda Brissey reads the last pages of this epic novel. Thanks to Anna Barker for leading her 10th annual reading of a classic novel!

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