Oct. 08

G. Willow Wilson A Superhero for Generation Why

by G. Willow Wilson 

G. Willow Wilson is a superhero who employs her literary powers to address pressing issues including religious intolerance and gender politics. In fiction, nonfiction, and comics, the American convert to Islam has distinguished herself as a writer of remarkable originality and insight. In her lecture, Wilson uses the challenges Ms. Marvel—a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager—faces as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation: the millennials. She’ll discuss the genesis of Ms. Marvel, her roots in the historical science fiction/fantasy tradition, and the significance of writing a superhero for a millennial (and wider) audience. Wilson’s memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, which recounts her life in Egypt during the waning day of the Mubarak regime, is the 2017 selection for the One Community, One Book program sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. This event is free and unticketed. Additional support for Wilson’s lecture and residency has been provided by the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, International Writing Program, and Nonfiction Writing Program and also from Daydreams Comics. The Iowa City Book Festival is a program of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Organization. The UI Center for Human Rights organizes the One Community, One Book program.
Oct. 09

50th Anniversary of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP)

The IWP is best known for the fall residency that brings writers from around the world to Iowa City. Since 1967, more than 1,400 writers from more than 150 countries have been in residence at the UI. The festival will feature readings by IWP guests at Prairie Lights Books on Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, as well as panel discussions among this year’s resident writers on Tuesday through Saturday.
Oct. 10

Public Reading: Moby Dick

This year’s read-aloud classic novel is Moby Dick, which will be read from the steps of the Old Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, and from under the giant whale skeleton in Macbride Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12. Please sign up for a 20 minute reading slot at mobydickiowacity@gmail.com

50th Anniversary of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP)

The IWP is best known for the fall residency that brings writers from around the world to Iowa City. Since 1967, more than 1,400 writers from more than 150 countries have been in residence at the UI. The festival will feature readings by IWP guests at Prairie Lights Books on Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, as well as panel discussions among this year’s resident writers on Tuesday through Saturday.
Oct. 11

Public Reading: Moby Dick

This year’s read-aloud classic novel is Moby Dick, which will be read from the steps of the Old Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, and from under the giant whale skeleton in Macbride Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12. Please sign up for a 20 minute reading slot at mobydickiowacity@gmail.com

wellRED: From Dixie With Love​

by wellRED: From Dixie With Love 

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres in support of their best-selling book, Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark.

This year’s tour, wellRED: From Dixie With Love, is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!).  It is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.

The “WellRED Comedy Tour” comes to the Englert in partnership with the Tuesday Agency. Tickets are on sale starting Aug. 11 at www.Englert.org.
Oct. 12

Public Reading: Moby Dick

This year’s read-aloud classic novel is Moby Dick, which will be read from the steps of the Old Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, and from under the giant whale skeleton in Macbride Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12. Please sign up for a 20 minute reading slot at mobydickiowacity@gmail.com

Alexander Chee receives the Paul Engle Prize

by Garth Greenwell  , Alexander Chee  ,

Alexander Chee has been named the sixth recipient 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 larger issues of the day has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts. Chee will receive the prize, which includes a one-of-a-kind work of art and $10,000, during a special ceremony as part of the Iowa City Book Festival on Oct. 12. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library, and is free and open to the public. The event will include remarks by Chee and a conversation between Chee and Iowa City novelist Garth Greenwell.
Oct. 13

Rafael Campo

by Rafael Campo 

Dr. Rafael Campo, keynote speaker for the University of Iowa’s The Examined Life Conference, will speak and read from his work at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers.
Oct. 14

Book Fair

Authors, literary journals, book sellers, presses, artists, and more will set up shop on the pedestrian mall in downtown Iowa City.
Oct. 15

ALL DAY

Various

Day in the City of Literature

The annual Day in the City of Literature returns on Sunday, Oct. 15, when local and regional writers will hold readings hosted at area businesses and other non-traditional venues. Locations & times will be posted soon.