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 […]

Festival program available

The print program for the 2013 Iowa City Book Festival will hit the streets of the Iowa City Area on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 as an insert in Little Village magazine, as well as at various locations as a stand-alone publication. Those not willing to wait can read the program online or download a PDF. […]

Full list of authors announced

The full slate of authors presenting on the Saturday of the Iowa City Book Festival has been announced. Nearly 40 authors will read and appear on panels during the course of the day at events to be held at a number of venues in downtown Iowa City. Presenting authors include a number of graduates of the […]

Festival panel topics announced

Panel topics have been set for the 2013 Iowa City Book Festival. Three to five authors will gather on each panel to discuss the following topics. The specific schedule and a list of authors participating on each panel will be announced soon.

Lacks Family to visit Iowa City for Book Festival event

The 2013 Iowa City Book Festival will begin Oct. 10 with a free community event built around the popular science book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Two members of the Lacks family will be in Iowa City that evening for a special presentation, “An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal […]

‘Writing in the City of Literature’ tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Friday Iowa City Book Festival event, “Writing in the City of Literature,” at the Englert Theatre are now available. “Writing in the City of Literature” brings together writers affiliated with the UI Writers’ Workshop to discuss the writing life in Iowa City and how it has shaped their careers. The event will […]