The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Iowa City is one of just 20 Cities of Literature in the world, and the Iowa City Book Festival celebrates books and writing by leveraging the unique mix of local resources that helped to earn that designation.



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Book drive to be held on Saturday of Book Festival

Do you have any gently used books you want to recycle for a good cause? Look for the blue donation bins at Book Festival activities on Saturday, Oct. 14, and donate your books to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program! Books appropriate for any age are welcome. Question? Email

Alexander Chee Named 2017 Paul Engle Prize Winner

Alexander Chee has been named the sixth recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in the […]