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 donateabook.ic@gmail.com.

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 […]

Dates set for 2017 Iowa City Book Festival: Oct. 8-15

While we still are hearing from people who had transformative experiences at the 2016 Iowa City Book Festival, we already are hard at work planning the 2017 fest. Get the dates on your calendar now: Oct. 8-15, 2017. We will feature another mix of authors, events, and themes, and will again be working with several […]

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 […]

2016 Book Festival: Build your own theme

Two years ago, we had the great fortune of presenting an Iowa City Book Festival featuring two Pulitzer-winning authors with strong Iowa ties in Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley. An attendee at the Smiley event remarked, “You obviously had an Iowa theme to this year’s festival. What will the next theme be?” Our theme that […]

2016 Iowa City Book Festival Lineup

The seventh Iowa City Book Festival schedule will feature bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners, strong ties to Iowa and authors from around the world. In addition, strong partnerships with area groups will bring programs on topics that include environmentalism, sustainability, global politics, and end-of-life care. The festival will be held Oct. 4-9, 2016. With an expanded […]

Another one goes in the books!

The 2015 Iowa City Book Festival is complete.; More than 50 events, featuring more than 100 authors and presenters over four days… and so many people helped to make it happen. Thank you to our sponsors: The City of Iowa City, The Iowa Arts Council, the University of Iowa, the Iowa City Public Library, the […]

Little Free Library founder Todd Bol to make Iowa stops on route to festival

Like the Johnny Appleseed of small libraries, Little Free Library creator and executive director, Todd Bol, will spread the word about the joy and power of free book exchanges as he makes his way from Hudson, Wis., through four cities in Iowa, ending at the Iowa City Book Festival. “Since I am heading to the […]

Paretsky to receive 2015 Paul Engle Prize

Sara Paretsky has been named the fourth 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 […]