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 […]

Robinson, Smiley named to National Book Award longlist

Congratulations to Iowa City Book Festival authors Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley, whose new novels were named today to the longlist for the National Book Award for fiction. Robinson’s “Lila” and Smiley’s “Some Luck” are fantastic reads, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help them celebrate the launch of these wonderful books at our […]

Prepare for Grande’s ICBF visit

As you plan for the festival and the many author-related events, you can fill your calendar with ways to prepare for Reyna Grande’s visit as part of the One Community One Book program from the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. The Center has several events planned between now and Oct. 4, when Reyna […]

Festival reading list now available

Do you want to read ahead to prepare for the festival, but don’t know where to start? Here is a reading list for this year’s festival, featuring the most recent book for each festival author. While some of these won’t be released until just before the festival, this gives you a good idea of what […]

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 […]