Oct. 2

01:00 PM

Dublin Underground, 5 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground

Public reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground at the Dublin Underground. 1-5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014 Dublin  Underground, 5 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Free and open to the public.

07:30 PM

Old Brick, 26 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245

James Ellroy interview and reading

with James Ellroy

James Ellroy in conversation with Craig McDonald, at Old Brick. Ellroy, the self-proclaimed “Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction,” will read from and discuss his new novel, Perfidia, with fellow novelist McDonald. McDonald has interviewed Ellroy in the past, most notably for his interview collections, Art in the Blood and Rogue Males. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014 Old Brick, 26 E Market St, Iowa City Free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Iowa City Book Festival events. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact our office at info@cityofliteratureusa.org or 319-887-6100.
Oct. 3

07:30 PM

Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Marilynne Robinson in conversation with Ayana Mathis

with Ayana Mathis, Marilynne Robinson,

Marilynne Robinson in conversation with Ayana Mathis, Englert Theatre. Robinson, the Pultizer Prize-winning author of Gilead and its successor, Home, will discuss her new novel, Lila, with Mathis. Mathis, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she studied under Robinson, is the author of the Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City. Free and open to the public.
Oct. 4

07:30 PM

Pomerantz Center, 213 N Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52245

Reyna Grande

Author Reyna Grande talks about her book, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir, the 2014 One Community, One Book selection from the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center, University of Iowa campus. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center, University of Iowa campus, 213 N Clinton St., Iowa City. Free and open to the public.  
Oct. 5

01:00 PM

Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Jane Smiley

Author Jane Smiley will read from and discuss her new novel, Some Luck. With this new book, Smiley returns to the Iowa landscape that spawned her best-known work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres.  1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014 Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City. Free and open to the public.

03:00 PM

Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

200th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels

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 University of Iowa, the program will include readings, music, songs, and dances from and inspired by Scott’s work. Musicians include Scottish fiddler Jeremy Kittel, bagpipers Robert Gray and Ed Raber, soprano Jennifer Macfarlane Haworth, and the Iowa City Crescendo Children’s Choir. Scottish dancers hail from Iowa and Kansas. Wildly popular throughout the nineteenth century, Scott’s Waverley novels eclipsed other fiction of the period, so much so that eponymous towns popped up throughout the Midwest between the 1830s and 1880s, including Waverly, Iowa. Published anonymously in 1814 and known as the first historical novel, Waverley; Or, ‘Tis Sixty Years Since, inaugurated a staggeringly successful series of books that became known as the Waverley novels, since Scott signed subsequent novels “by the Author of Waverley” until he publicly acknowledged authorship in 1827. Come celebrate Scott’s remarkable legacy in Iowa during the year of Waverley’s bicentennial and learn not only why his historical novels captured the imagination of nineteenth-century readers but also why they remain relevant today, as Scotland seeks independence from the United Kingdom. This program is made possible due to funding from The University of Iowa’s Department of English and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorship.

3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014

Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City.

Free & open to the public.