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 of the festival.

Reading from the recent translation by Edith Grossman, volunteers will read from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 29, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, before wrapping up the classic on Oct. 1 starting at 9 a.m. and going until the book is complete.

The reading will take place on the east steps of the Old Capitol Museum or inside in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber in inclement weather.

Volunteers are needed for this great project: A sign-up sheet will be available at the main entrance to Phillips Hall on Friday, Sept. 18, or on location during the reading. For more information, please contact Anna Barker at

Other Quixote-related events will be held throughout the fall, culminating in the University of Iowa Obermann Center’s conference, “Parody, Plagiarism, Patrimony: Don Quixote in the Age of Electronic Reproduction,” Oct. 22-24. These include:

–“Ingenious Gentlemen: Depictions of Don Quixote and Chivalry,” Aug. 11, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, UIMA@IMU Visual Classroom, Iowa Memorial Union. A mini-exhibition featuring works by Salvador Dali, Mauricio Lasansky, John Tenniel, and Karl Knaths. The visual classroom also includes a Cubist painting by Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso’s The Dream and Lie of Franco prints, and Goya’s large portrait Don Manuel Garcia de la Prada, on loan from the Des Moines Art Center.

–WorldCanvass: Don Quixote’s Four Century Saga, Sept. 15, 5-6:30 p.m., FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City. Pre-show social hour from 4-5 p.m. at FilmScene. Free and open to the public.

–The Quest Begins: Opening Reception for Quixote at 400, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m., Old Capitol Museum. Light refreshments provided by The Bread Garden, with birthday cake at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public

–“Caprice and Influence,” Sept. 12-Dec. 13, Black Box Theatre, Iowa Memorial Union. The exhibition includes Goya’s Los Caprichos and Disasters of War print series.

–“Illustrations of Don Quixote: The Interpretation of Imagination,” Sept. 17, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, Old Capitol Museum.

–“Influenced by Quixote: Student Artwork From the Harte School of Art,” Sept. 17, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, Old Capitol Museum Rotunda.

–Film series, Sept. 25-Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m., E105 AJB. Sep. 25: Orson Welles’ Don Quixote. 1992. B&W. 115 minutes. Oct. 2: Un Quijote sin mancha, México, 1969 [Cantinflas]. 100 minutes. Oct. 9: El caballero don Quijote, Gutiérrez Aragón, 2002. 119 minutes. Oct. 16: Don Quixote, G. B. Pabst, 1933, English version. 73 minutes.

–Celebrating Quixote in Music, a concert, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., IMU Main Lounge. University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, William LaRue Jones, conductor. Will include “Don Quixote” by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), “Don Quichotte e Dulcinee” by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and “Man of La Mancha” Mitch Leigh (1928-2014). Free and open to the public

–A lecture by filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Iowa Memorial Union.

–Man of La Mancha performance, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall, Josh Sazon, director.

–“Music Is the Word: Spanish culture’s impact on Russian literature and music,” Nov. 4, 7-8 p.m., Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library. A conversation about the influence of Don Quixote and Spanish culture on 19th century Russian literature and music with UI adjunct professor Anna Barker and pianist Sasha Burdin.

For more information about the Quixote Symposium, including a list of related events, go to