Dina Nayeri named 2018 Paul Engle Prize winner

Dina Nayeri has been named the seventh 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 […]

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 mobydickiowacity@gmail.com 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. […]

Bookforum loves ICBF authors

In the new issue of Bookforum magazine, three 2014 Iowa City Book Festival authors receive rave reviews. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, which is why we’ll share some highlights here. On James Ellroy’s Perfidia: Perfidia is high Ellroy. The language is on fire, the complexities are grueling. If you can bear the queasy darkness, […]

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Scott’s Waverley novels at the Book Fest

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels, a free literary and musical performance of Scottish culture will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Englert Theatre. Narrated by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at The […]

More authors and events added to festival lineup

Planning continues for the 2014 Iowa City Book Festival, to be held Oct. 2-5 in and around downtown Iowa City. In addition to previously announced authors like James Ellroy, Jane Smiley, Terrence Holt, Mary Szybist and others, the lineup now includes: –Iowa City native Sean Strub, who will talk about his new memoir, Body Counts: A […]

Robinson, Smiley Highlight 2014 Iowa City Book Festival Lineup

Two Pulitzer Prize winners will launch their new novels at the Iowa City Book Festival, Oct. 2-5, 2014. Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley each will debut new work at the festival. Robinson unveils Lila at a free event on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Englert Theatre. Of the book, Publisher’s Weekly writes, “This third of […]

2013 Book Festival readings and discussions available online

Several of the 2013 Book Festival readings and panel discussions are now available on the City Channel 4 website and the Iowa City Public Library channel website. Visit City Channel 4 to stream readings by: Madeline Roemig Bendorf (Growing up in Amana), Alexander Maksik (You Deserve Nothing), Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena), Bennett […]

Transportation and Parking at the Book Festival

Buses: Iowa City Transit maps and schedules Coralville Transit maps and schedules Nearby Garages: Dubuque Street Garage (220 S. Dubuque Street) One block south of the Public Library. First hour free, $1 per hour for each additional hour. Capitol Street Garage (Burlington & Capitol Street) Adjoins Old Capitol Town Center. First hour free, $1 per […]

Learn about HeLa cells in advance of Oct. 10 event

Our partners with the University of Iowa College of Public Health have put together a great fact sheet that explains some of the science behind the story told in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Reviewing it is just one way to prepare yourself for the event “An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The […]

Sunday schedule details revealed, new app to keep it all straight

The Book Festival schedule page now has listings for more than 20 events scheduled that day, ranging from readings to panel discussions, demonstrations to food and games. Check in to start planning your day, but be aware that more events will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival. Need help keeping all of […]