Oct. 2

12:00 PM

Gerber Lounge, UI English-Philosophy Building

Panel: World Novel Today

Writers discuss the state of the novel internationally; is there cross-pollination at work in the new novels we’re reading, across borders of genres, languages, flavors, senses of humor—a wider sense of belonging to the planet?  Participants are International Writing Program participants Laurynas Katkus (Lithuania), Martina Odonkor (Ghana), Harry Stecopolous and Peter Nazareth (University of Iowa). October 2, 12:00 p.m. Gerber Lounge, UI English-Philosophy Building.

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. October 2, 1-5 p.m., Dublin Underground. Free and open to the public.

07:00 PM

Coralville Center for Performing Arts, 1301 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241

Border Issues

2014 Paul Engle Prize winner Luis Urrea leads a panel discussing issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and repercussions in the Midwest, October 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts. 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

12:30 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library.

Panel: Writing in a Country at War

What are a writer’s duties, privileges and obligations when his or her country is at war? What should writing be when a day is measured in units of life and death—whether in the place one lives, or, as importantly, when the writer is safe from the ongoing fighting? Panelists are International Writing Program participants Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan), Sadek Mohammed (Iraq), and Boaz Gaon (Israel). October 3, 12:30 p.m. Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library.

06:30 PM

FilmScene, 118 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240

LA CONFIDENTIAL with James Ellroy

Join FilmScene and the Iowa City Book Festival for an exclusive presentation of the modern-day classic, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, which introduced many filmgoers to the talents of James Ellroy and featuring an all star cast of Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Bassinger, James Cromwell and Danny DeVito. Attendees will receive a hardcover copy of Ellroy’s new novel, Perfidia, and have the chance to meet Ellroy and have their book signed. Ellroy then will speak before the screening about the film and the transition from page to screen. Book Signing at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 p.m.  Purchase Tickets.  Attendees receive a copy of Ellroy's new book, Perfidia.

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

09:00 AM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Iowa City 175th anniversary ceremony

Iowa City was founded in 1839, and as we kick off the Iowa City Book Festival's Saturday programming, we will take a moment to mark the occasion, taking a brief look back before we move forward. October 4, 9:00 a.m. Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
 

10:00 AM

FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52240

FW75: Celebrating 75 Years of Finnegans Wake

2014 is the 75th anniversary of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. To celebrate, the seven UNESCO Cities of Literature joined together to create short films based on some of the stories in the novel. The collection will be screened October 4 at 10 a.m. at FilmScene, 118 E. College St. Following the screening, Ron Clark from Riverside Theatre, one of the stars of Iowa City’s contribution, will discuss the process of adapting Joyce’s difficult text to the stage.

10:00 AM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Scott Phillips and Jon McGoran

with Jon McGoran, Scott Phillips,

Phillips- Hop AlleyMcGoran- Dead Out           Scott Phillips (Hop Alley) and Jon McGoran (Deadout) read from and discuss their latest books. October 4, 10:00 a.m. Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

10:00 AM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Peyton Marshall and Marcus Burke

with Marcus Burke, Peyton Marshall,

Marshall - Good HouseBurke - Team Seven           Peyton Marshall (Goodhouse) and Marcus Burke (Team Seven) read from and discuss their new books. Both are graduates of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop promoting their first novel. October 4, 10:00 a.m. Prairie Lights.

10:00 AM

MidWestOne Bank, 102 South Clinton Street Iowa City, IA 52244

Panel: Breaking In, Breaking Out

Writers from around the world discuss how thei first book in print changed their lives, or not; about their experience of going from unpublished to published for the first time.  Featuring Ali Cobby Eckermann, Marlon James, Jon McGoran, Myay Hmone Lwin, and Andra Rotaru. October 4, 10:00 a.m. MidWestOne Bank, 102 S Clinton St, Iowa City.

10:00 AM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52240

Irish Writers at the International Writing Program: A Celebration

Featuring Paddy Woodworth, Siobhan Campbell, Stephen James Smith, Eamonn Wall, Joseph Woods, and Drucilla Wall. In this first of three events done in partnership with the Dublin City of Literature, the long history of Irish writers participating in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program will be celebrated. October 4, 10:00 a.m. Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

11:30 AM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber,  The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52240

Glory of the Senses: Paul Engle Essay Contest ceremony

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s annual essay contest for Iowa high school sophomores includes a top prize of one year of free tuition to the University of Iowa, and $500 cash scholarships for runners up. Join us October 4 at 11:30 a.m. as we hear winning students read from their work at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

11:30 AM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Sean Strub and Terrence Holt

Strub - Body CountsHolt - Internal Medicine             Sean Strub (Body Counts) and Terrence Holt (Internal Medicine) read from and discuss their new books. October 4, 11:30 a.m. Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.              

11:30 AM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Marlon James

with Marlon James

James - Brief History           Marlon James reads from his highly acclaimed new novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. October 4, 11:30 a.m. Prairie Lights.

11:30 AM

The Java House, 211 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Levi Stahl and Craig McDonald

with Craig McDonald, Levi Stahl,

Stahl - Getawat CarMcDonald - Forever           Levi Stahl (editor of the new Donald Westlake non-fiction miscellany, The Getaway Car) and Craig McDonald (Forever's Just Pretend) read from and discuss their new books. October 4, 11:30 a.m. The Java House.

11:30 AM

MidWestOne Bank, 102 South Clinton Street Iowa City, IA 52244

Panel: Writing as Recovery

An exploration of the challenging, sometimes therapeutic, act of writing through trauma, pain, and/or loss.  Featuring Auguste Corteau, Heekyung Eun, Sabah Sanhouri, Ahmed Shafie, and Yeow Kai Cahi. October 4, 11:30 a.m. MidWestOne Bank, 102 S Clinton St, Iowa City

01:00 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52240

Paul Engle Prize ceremony

with Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea will receive the 2014 Paul Engle Prize. Each year, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature awards the Paul Engle Prize to a writer 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. Urrea, author, educator and activist, will receive the award, deliver short remarks, and read briefly from his work. October 4, 1 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

01:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Irish Poetry Reading

with Joseph Woods, Siobhan Campbell,

In this second of three programs presented in partnership with the Dublin City of Literature, three Irish poets will read from their work. Featuring Siobhan Campbell, Joseph Woods, and Stephen James Smith. October 4, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

01:00 PM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Marilyn Chin

with Marilyn Chin

Hard Love Province 9_10.indd           Poet Marilyn Chin reads from and discusses here new collection, Hard Love Province. October 4, 1:00 p.m. Prairie Lights.

1:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Teen Room, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Edward Carey

with Edward Carey

Carey - Heap House           Edward Carey reads from and discusses his new YA novel, Heap House. October 4, 1:00 p.m. Iowa City Public Library Teen Room.

1:00 PM

The Java House, 211 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

June Melby

with June Melby

Melby - MyFamilyandOtherHazards           June Melby reads from her funny new memoir, My Family and Other Hazards. October 4, 1:00 p.m., The Java House.

1:00 PM

MidWestOne Bank, 102 South Clinton Street Iowa City, IA 52244

Panel: A Sense of Place

Writers discuss the importance of setting, the place of place, in their work. Is their work ‘regional’ or ‘universal?’ Landscape as catalyst, backdrop, and influence.  Featuring Marcus Burke, Bernice Chauly, Jessie Ann Foley, Daren Kamali, Scott Phillips. October 4, 1:00 p.m., MidWestOne Bank, 102 South Clinton Street Iowa City.

1:00 PM

Home Ec. Workshop, 207 N. Linn Street  Iowa City, IA 52245

Poetry Embroidery workshop

embroideryLearn how to embroider basic stitches in this workshop. Celebrate your favorite book by embroidering a quote or line of poetry! Stop in and be inspired by Angela Regas's embroidery installation, In the Lamplight, featuring hand-embroidered selections from T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Class is free, but must purchase a supply kit for $8.  Please come with an quotation you would like to use. Contact Home Ec. Workshop to register. Workshop on October 4, 1:00 p.m. Angela's work will be on display at Home Ec. throughout the month of October.

02:30 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

A Tribute to Donald Justice

with Mary Szybist

Ten years after his passing, the work of Donald Justice continues to resonate. A panel of poets, led by 2013 National Book Award winner Mary Szybist, reads from and discusses the work of the late poet in this special event. October 4, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

02:30 PM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Kathleen Founds and Heather A. Slomski

with Kathleen Founds, Heather A. Slomski,

Founds - When Mystical Creatures Attack!Slomski  - Lovers Set Down           Kathleen Founds, winner of the University of Iowa Press's John Simmons Short Fiction Award for her collection, When Mystical Creatures Attack, and Heather A. Slomski, winner of the University of Iowa Press Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection, The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, will read from and discuss their work. October 4, 2:30 p.m. Prairie Lights.

2:30 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Teen Room, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Jessie Ann Foley

with Jessie Ann Foley

Foley - Carnival at Bray           Jessie Ann Foley reads from and discusses her 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize-winning novel The Carnival at Bray. October 4, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Teen Room.

2:30 PM

The Java House, 211 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Robert Gutsche Jr.

with Robert Gutsche Jr.

Gutsche - Transplanted Chicago           Robert Gutsche Jr. reads from and discusses his new book, A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City. October 4 2:30 p.m., The Java House.

02:30 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA 52240

Panel: Loyalty and Betrayal

Milan Kundera has asserted that ‘the first betrayal is irreparable. It calls forth a chain reaction of further betrayals, each of which takes us farther and farther away from the point of our original betrayal.’ Loyalties grow out of biology, place of origin, upbringing, affections, nationality, etc.—writers discuss their own loyalties, those that they adhere to and those they betray. Featuring Chi Li, Craig McDonald, Jon McGoran, June Melby, and Franca Treur. October 4, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center.

02:30 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber,  The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52240

Panel: Irish-American Cultural Connections

Featuring Eamonn Wall, Joseph Woods, Siobhan Campbell, Drucilla Wall, and Alan Hayes. October 4, 2:30 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

04:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Paddy Woodworth and Jeff Biggers

with Paddy Woodworth, Jeff Biggers,

Woodworth - Once and FutureBiggers - Reckoning at Eagle           Paddy Woodworth (Our Once and Future Planet) and Jeff Biggers (Reckoning at Eagle Creek) will read from their work and discuss the idea of regeneration as it relates to climate change. October 4, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

04:00 PM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Hubert Pedroli

with Hubert Pedroli

Pedroli - Joyrider           Hubert Pedroli will read from and discuss his new novel, The Joyrider. October 4, 4:00 p.m. Prairie Lights.

04:00 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA 52240

Panel: A Sense of Place II

Writers discuss the importance of setting, the place of place, in their work. Is their work ‘regional’ or ‘universal?’ Landscape as catalyst, backdrop, and influence. Featuring Edward Carey, Cynthia Edul, Peyton Marshall, Heather A. Slomski, and Tang Su Wa. October 4, 4:00 p.m. Iowa City Senior Center.

07:30 PM

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

Reyna Grande-One Community One Book

with 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

11:00 AM

University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Conservation Lab, Third Floor, UI Main Library, 125 W. Washington St.

Book as Art/Art as Book

An up-close look at artist's books and how we care for them. UI Special Collections holds a remarkable collection of artist's books dating from the early days of the art form. The artist's book is meant to be handled, read, seen in its entirety either in sequence or at random. To display a few pages of an artist's book is like looking at a few stills from a movie - it cannot give a real sense of the work as a whole. University Conservator Giselle Simón will also lead a tour of the Conservation Lab where her team works to make sure that these materials are available for use. October 5, 11:00 a.m., University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Conservation Lab.

11:30 AM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

READING ALOUD Group Reading

Reading AloudThe poetry-reading group based at the Senior Center, will read poems selected from the international anthology, A Book of Luminous Things, edited by Czeslaw Milosz. This is the fourth year they have participated in the Book Festival. October 5, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room.

12:00 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241

Mary Potter Kenyon

Kenyon- Redined by FireAuthor Mary Potter Kenyon intimately knows what it is to face grief. In the space of three years she lost a mother, a husband, and an eight-year-old grandson. Mary will be speaking about finding hope and healing in the midst of the darkness of loss, and sharing excerpts from her October-released "Refined By Fire; A Journey of Grief and Grace," with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Cecil Murphey. October 5, 12:00 p.m., Coralville Public Library.

12:00 PM

Devotay, 117 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram clerihewsLegendary bookseller at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Ingram has found what he feared was long lost—his collection of humorous, intelligent, rollicking, and witty clerihews. October 5, 12:00 p.m., Devotay.

12:00 PM

Dulcinea, 2 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Aileen Stewart

Valley Fern- Aileen StewartAileen Stewart is a fun early grade children's author, a blogger, and public speaker. Fern Valley is home to a group of wonderful animals who have fun and face some of the same problems children everywhere do. October 5, 12:00 p.m., Dulcinea.

01:00 PM

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

Jane Smiley

with Jane Smiley

Smiley- Some LuckAuthor 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. Free and open to the public. October 5, 1:00 p.m., Englert Theatre.

02:00 PM

Daydreams Comics, 21 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

John Ira Thomas

Lost in the Wash-John Ira ThomasJohn Ira Thomas, of Candle Light Press, will present his Indiefab award-winning comic series, Lost in the Wash. October 5, 2:00 p.m., Daydreams Comics.

02:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Citizen Scholars with Kembrew McLeod

roboprofThe University of Iowa Mobile App Development Team worked this summer with English PhD candidate Andrew Williams to create a multimedia profile of Communications Studies professor Kembrew McLeod. The team will present highlights and McLeod will read. October 5, 2:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

02:00 PM

RSVP, 140 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245

02:30 PM

Biosphere Discovery Hub, UI Museum of Natural History, Macbride Hall Iowa City, IA 52242

Claudia McGehee

McGehee - CoverFrom Page to Pathway: Connecting to our natural world through picture books with author/illustrator Claudia McGehee. McGehee shares her experiences illustrating and writing nature focused picture books, and the inspirations behind her work. October 5, 2:30 p.m., Biosphere Discovery Hub, UI Museum of Natural History.

03:00 PM

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

Celebrating Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in Iowa

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.

Free & open to the public.

03:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Panel: At Language’s Edge

In honor of the long legacy of translation at the University of Iowa begun by the late Daniel Weissbort, International Writing Program participants Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela) and Sabata-Mpho Mokae (South Africa) join poet Marilyn Chin and Waukon-based translator Mary Jane White in a discussion about what it means to translate, and to have their work translated into other languages. October 5, 3:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

03:00 PM

Beadology Iowa, 220 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Lauren K. Alleyne

Difficult Fruit- Lauren AlleyneLauren K. Alleyne hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. She is Poet-in-Residence and an assistant professor of English at the University of Dubuque. Difficult Fruit is her new collection of poems. October 5, 3:00 p.m., Beadology Iowa.

03:00 PM

High Ground Cafe, 301 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Bart Yates

The Third Hill North of Town- Bart YatesBart Yates gives instrument lessons in the Corridor and has taught workshops at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. Yates is the author of Leave Myself Behind, The Brothers Bishop, and The Distance Between Us. He will read from his latest book, (written under the pen name of Noah Bly), The Third Hill North of Town, a haunting, imaginative story of human connection and coincidence. October 5, 3:00 p.m., High Ground Cafe.

03:00 PM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Assaf Gavron

with Assaf Gavron

Gavron - Tel AvivAssaf Gavron has published five novels, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews. He co-edited the new collection Tel Aviv Noir with Etgar Keret. October 5, 3:00 p.m., Prairie Lights.

03:00 PM

RSVP, 140 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Rescue Press Reading

Marc RaheRescue Press is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of the poetry collection The Smaller HalfLauren Haldeman’s first poetry collection, Calenday, is forthcoming from Rescue Press in Fall 2014. She works as the web developer, web designer and editor for the Writing University and the Iowa Review. Blueberry Morningsnow is a poet, teacher, collaborator, and mother who lives and works in Des Moines. Her first book of poems is Whale in the Woods. October 5, 3:00 p.m., RSVP.

03:00 PM

University Bookstore, 201 S Clinton St Iowa City, IA

Ice Cube Press Reading

Salvatore Marici - SwishSoul-DJ cx1.pdf, page 1 @ PreflightSalvatore Marici, Quad Cities Poet Laureate, in a discussion and reading from his new poetry collection, Swish Swirl & Sniff, and Ice Cube Press publisher and author, Steve Semken who will talk about publishing in the City of Literature and share his new book, Soul External: Rediscovering the Great Blue Heron. October 5, 3:00 p.m., University Bookstore.

03:30 PM

The Trumpet Blossom Café, 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Little Village Hot Tin Roof Reading

Hot Tin RoofHot Tin Roof is a program to showcase current literary work produced in Iowa City. The series takes its name from a famous play and movie by former Iowa City resident Tennessee Williams, who graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938. Those with work published in the past year will read. October 5, 3:30 p.m., The Trumpet Blossom Café.

04:00 PM

Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Poets and Writers from the MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Programs and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

José Pablo Barragán, Giuseppe Caputo, Patricia Gonzalo de Jesús, Martín López-Vega, Beverly Pérez- Rego and Pedro Samper will read their work in Spanish. October 5, 4:00 p.m., Prairie Lights.

04:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Panel: Religion and Writing

International Writing Program participants Binayak Banerjee (India), Gerður Kristný (Iceland), Enrique Serrano (Colombia), and Abdullah Al Wesali (Saudi Arabia) discuss how religious heritage shapes an author’s writing. October 5, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room A.

04:00 PM

White Rabbit, 112 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Sarah Kosch and Brendan Lee Spengler

Sarah Marie Kosch of Anomalous Press will present short stories from a collection in progress exploring time & memory. Sarah's  work has appeared in BlazeVOX, Blinders Journal, Paper Tape Magazine and elsewhere. Memphis writer and musician Brendan Lee Spengler has published several chapbooks including Notes From the DeSoto County Jail. he is working on his second literary/art anthology, Street Life Issue Two. Brendan will read and present images from his newest book, Love and Capitalism. October 5, 4:00 p.m., White Rabbit.

05:00 PM

The Mill, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Roast of Iowa City

The 5th annual Roast of Iowa City is a yearly event where we invite members of our community to take their most humorous stab at puncturing the inflated ego of our fair city. Join us on Oct. 5, 5:00 p.m. at The Mill as selected roasters gather on stage to gently and not-so-gently poke fun at Iowa City.  Submission deadline: Sept. 15