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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Sign up to read Moby-Dick during the festival

The Book Festival public reading of the classic novel, Moby-Dick, starts on Oct. 10. To sign up please email Nick Dolan at The team, led by Anna Barker, who organizes the public reading of a classic each year during the Book Festival, we will read in front of the Old Capitol on: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. […]

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