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The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Iowa City is one of just 11 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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Irish poets visit the Book Festival

Three Irish poets will visit this year’s Iowa City Book Festival in a partnership with Poetry Ireland, an organization based in the Dublin City of Literature. We will be joined by Nell Regan, Afric McGlinchey, and Jim Maguire. McGlinchey and Maguire, are featured in “The Rising Generation,” an issue of the Poetry Ireland Review, a publication of […]

Cancellation: Shakespeare panel

With the start of the Iowa City Book Festival just days away, a few schedule changes and updates are inevitable. This website is the place to go for the most up-to-date information about the festival. We have one cancellation: the panel, “Shakespeare: That Global Brand,” will not take place. Fans of the Bard can, however, still […]