WELCOME TO IOWA CITY, the third UNESCO City of Literature in the world, and the only one in the United States. The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization is proud to offer you seven days of literary programming as part of the 2017 Iowa City Book Festival.

Iowa City is a City of Literature for many reasons: The wonderful writing programs at the University of Iowa, including the Writers’ Workshop and International Writing Program, our small presses and magazines, our wonderful libraries, our bookstores, and amenities like the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. While you are here, we encourage you to explore all of this and more, to fully immerse yourself in our rich literary culture.