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. […]

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.

Literary Kiosks at the Iowa City Book Festival

The University of Iowa Libraries in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature is bringing Literary Kiosks to Iowa City. First installed in public spaces in Europe and now appearing throughout the U.S., these kiosks allow on-demand printing of short prose or poetry works. Designed to be quick, easy, and engaging, the Literary […]

Iowa City Book Festival, City of Literature celebrate 10th anniversaries this fall

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting the tenth Iowa City Book Festival from Oct. 1-7 2018. The festival schedule, which will feature authors from around the country and around the globe, including those from other Cities of Literature. Long a showcase for partnerships with other area organizations, […]

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 […]