Dates set for 2017 Iowa City Book Festival: Oct. 10-15

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. 10-15, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get your Quixote fix at ICBF and elsewhere this fall

Dozens of volunteers will gather over four days the week of Sept. 28 to give a public reading of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes as part of the Iowa City Book Festival. The reading is the first event of the festival, starting Sept. 28 and finishing on Oct. 1, the official first day […]

Wake Up Iowa, and help us name our coffee

The City of Literature is teaming up with Wake Up Iowa Coffee to make a special, literary brew. We need your help to come up with a name for our roast. It should be something fun that salutes our community’s love for all things literary. Post your ideas to the Book Festival Facebook page by […]

Reich, Stevenson highlight politically focused 2015 Iowa City Book Festival

As Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses fast approach, the Iowa City Book Festival will add to its traditionally strong slate of fiction and nonfiction with a focus on books and authors that explore the realm of presidential politics. The festival will be held Oct. 1-4, 2015. Authors who address two of the biggest issues facing our country […]

Attorney, activist Bryan Stevenson to speak Oct. 4

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy, will appear at the Iowa Memorial Union at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. The event will be free and open to the public. Stevenson will appear as part of the Iowa City Book Festival, presented by the […]