REBECCA SOLNIT NAMED 2021 PAUL ENGLE PRIZE WINNER

Rebecca Solnit has been named the eleventh 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 […]

Iowa City Book Festival offers readings, film screenings, exhibits, and more, late October and throughout the fall

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 with co-presenters to celebrate the written word. Several events focus on authors with ties to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, while others highlight issues related to […]

Catch up on the festival

Did you miss one of our 2020 Book Festival events? Did you like one so much you want to watch it again or share it with a friend? We have you covered. All of our events were recorded and can be watched whenever you like. You have a few options. Do you want to watch […]

Book Festival moves online for 2020

Events for the 12th annual Iowa City Book Festival will be held online with original programming and partnerships with co-presenters that celebrate authors from around the block and around the world. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the festival, which usually is held at various locations throughout the area, will be available to anyone with access to […]

Presidential election polling book author presents Sept. 9 as part of LIT Talks series

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, in partnership with the Iowa City Public Library, will host author W. Joseph Campbell on Sept. 9, when he will discuss his new book, Lost in a Gallup: Polling Failure in U.S. Presidential Elections. Campbell’s talk will be online at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/littalks-w–joseph  to register for this […]

War & Peace

Public Reading of War and Peace Sept. 30-Oct. 3: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Oct. 4: 9 a.m. until it is finished Weatherdance Fountain Stage, Pedestrian Mall (Graduate Hotel in inclement weather) Each year, the Book Festival features the public reading of a classic work of literature with supporting programming throughout the week. From Monday, Sept. […]

Iowa City Book Festival Scheduled for October 1-6, 2019

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Book Festival’s 11th year will feature a mix of authors, panel discussions, workshops, a book fair and more, with programming that blends the best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The festival will be held from Oct. 1-6, with most events at various locations throughout downtown Iowa City. Long a […]

Derricotte, Eady named 2019 Paul Engle Prize winners

Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady have been named recipients 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 Graduate Hotel Iowa City

The Graduate Iowa City is the official hotel of the Iowa City Book Festival. A block of discounted rooms has been reserved for festival attendees. Please click for more information. Reservations must be made by Sept. 6, 2019.

Take our 2018 ICBF attendee survey

Did you attend this year’s Iowa City Book Festival? Please let us know how we did. We use feedback to be sure we keep things that work and improve things that don’t (though, sadly, we have no control over the weather). You can find the survey here: bit.ly/ICBF18