Oct. 1

09:00 AM

Old Capitol

Public reading of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Translated by Edith Grossman. Readings will be on the steps of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest (Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber in inclement weather). Readings from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 28-9, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30. The readings conclude from 9 a.m. until the book is completed on Oct. 1. Get involved; readers needed! Sign-up sheet will be available at the main entrance to Phillips Hall on Friday, September 18 or on location during the reading For more information, please contact Anna Barker at anna-barker@uiowa.edu. This event is free and open to the public  

How Books Travel: Literary Translation and International Writing

Each year, literary works from some 60 languages across the globe appear in English, mostly published by independent publishers with commitment to international writing and cross-cultural understanding. But how do these books travel? How are titles selected? Who are the literary translators? What goes into translating literary works? Is there a particular way to read and appreciate translated literature? Aron Aji, director of the MFA in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa, will address all of this and more. Aji is a translator from the Turkish, and has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak and others. He received the 2004 National Translation Award for Karasu's The Garden of Departed Cats and NEA Translation Fellowships for  Karasu's A Long Day’s Evening and Mungan's My Heart's East (forthcoming). Thursday, October 1, 12:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A

An Evening with Jonathan Katz: Life, Death and Public Health After the Haiti Earthquake

with Jonathan Katz

Author Jonathan Katz discusses his book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. This event, open to the public, is presented by the University of Iowa College of Public Health as part of its annual Book ClubThursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. Callaghan Auditorium (N110) of the College of Public Health Building  
Oct. 2

Alice in Wonderland at Haunted Bookshop

Stop in to The Haunted Bookshop representing your favorite Wonderland character between noon and 8 p.m. for tea and treats celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Between 1 and 3 p.m., join historian Al Dawson for an academically focused discussion of Lewis Carroll, Charles Dodgson, and our community's special commemoration of this cornerstone work of children's literature. Friday, October 2, 12:00 p.m. at the Haunted Bookshop, 219 N Gilbert St., Iowa City

Panel: The Calling – Writing with Responsibility

with Marie Silkeberg, Nael Eltoukhy, Michael Mendis, El Jones, Homeira Qaderi,

Writers will discuss the expected or unexpected role of writers within society as catalysts for positive social change and whether or not they feel pressured to fulfill this role. University of Iowa International Writing Program participants Homeira Qaderi (fiction writer, Afghanistan), El Jones (poet, Canada), Michael Mendis (fiction writer, Sri Lanka), Nael Elthoukhy (fiction writer and translator, Egypt), and Marie Silkeberg (poet, translator, nonfiction writer and filmmaker, Sweden) will speak. Friday, October 2, 12:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A  

Paul Engle Prize ceremony: Sara Paretsky

with Maureen Corrigan, Sara Paretsky,

Sara Paretsky will receive the 2015 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. Special thanks to the City of Coralville for sponsoring the Paul Engle Award.

Paretsky will receive the prize, which includes a one-of-a-kind work of art and $10,000, during a special ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library. She will be joined by noted NPR and Washington Post book critic Maureen Corrigan, who will conduct a Q&A with Paretsky. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m., Coralville Public Library, 1501 Fifth St., Coralville, IA

Oct. 3

Panel: Walt Whitman Today

Writers and critics discuss the influence and continuing cultural significance of Walt Whitman. Panelists Ann Struthers and Jeremy Schraffenberger discuss the NAR Press's newly published book The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review, and Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill talk about their recent MOOC on "Song of Myself" and their forthcoming one on Whitman and the Civil War. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

Linzee McCray and Linda Gerdner reading

with Linda Gerdner, Linzee McCray,

Linzee McCray reads from Art Quilts of the Midwest and Linda Gerdner reads from Hmong Story Cloths: Preserving Historical & Cultural Treasures. Some work will be on display during the event. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

Charles Haverty and Edward Hamlin reading

with Edward Hamlin, Charles Haverty,

Charles Haverty, whose Excommunicados is the winner of the 2015 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press, and Edward Hamlin, whose Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories is the winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Prize from the University of Iowa Press, will read. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon reading

with Mary Jedlicka Humston, Mary Potter Kenyon,

Eastern Iowans Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon will read from their new book, Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City

Summer Miller reading

with Summer Miller

Omaha author Summer Miller reads from and discusses her new book, New Prairie Kitchen, which features recipes and profiles of several Midwestern chefs. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Panel: The Hum of Translation

with Kirill Azernyi, Yao Feng, Aki Salmela, Riley Hanick,

If you write in a “small” language, translation—yours, others’— is inevitably a constant companion. If you write in a “major” one, it may be a kind of luxury—or invitation, or influence. A side-by-side collaboration between a writer and her translator may be the best possible of both worlds. How has translation (re)figured (in) your own writing? Aki Salmela (poet, translator, Finland), Yao Feng (poet, translator and scholar, Macau), and Kirill Azernyi (fiction, Russia) of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, join author Riley Hanick. Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.

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 Saturday, October 3 at 11:30 a.m. as we hear winning students read from their work at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

READING ALOUD Group Reading – Alice at 150

  To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Senior Center’s READING ALOUD group will read all of the poems in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. READING ALOUD is a poetry-reading group established in 2005. This is the fourth year they have read at the Book Festival. Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

Brian Duffy reading

with Brian Duffy

Longtime Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy shares work from Brian Duffy's Iowa Caucus Cartoons: Watch 'Em Run. Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

Cate DiCharry and Riley Hanick reading

with Riley Hanick, Cate Dicharry,

Cate DiCharry and Riley Hanick, whose new books both deal in some way with the 2008 flood in Eastern Iowa, will read from their work. DiCharry, who lives in Iowa City, will read from her debut novel, The Fine Art of Fucking Up, while Hanick, an Iowa City native, reads from his inventive non-fiction book, Three Kinds of Motion. Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Sarah Prineas reading

with Sarah Prineas

Iowa City's Sarah Prineas reads from her new YA novel, Ash & Bramble, a bold re-telling of the Cinderella story. Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. Iowa City Public Library, Teen Center

A.J. Mahler and Joseph Dobrian reading

with A.J. Mahler, Joseph Dobrian,

Iowa City authors A.J. Mahler and Joseph Dobrian will read from their latest works. Mahler reads from the thriller Power, the latest in the Betty Chronicles, and Dobrian reads from his novel, Ambitions. Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City

Michael D’Antonio reading

with Michael D’Antonio

Michael D'Antonio will read from Never EnoughDonald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, a biography of the Republican presidential candidate that includes extensive interviews with the famed businessman. Saturday October 3, 11:30 a.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Panel: Independent Presses – From Pitch to Publication

with Elisabeth Chretien, Daniel Khalastchi, Steve Semken,

A conversation about publishing with independent presses featuring Steve Semken, Ice Cube Press; Elisabeth Chretien, University of Iowa Press; Ryan Collins, Midwest Writing Center; Daniel Khalastchi, Managing Editor at Rescue Press. Saturday, October 3. 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center

Margret Aldrich and Todd Bol reading

with Todd Bol, Margret Aldrich,

Margret Aldrich, author of the new book, The Little Free Library Book, will be joined by Little Free Library founder Todd Bol to discuss the book and the movement that is sweeping the world. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A  

J. Ryan Stradal and Robert Goolrick reading

with J. Ryan Stradal, Robert Goolrick,

J. Ryan Stradal reads from his new novel, Kitchens of the Midwest, while Robert Goolrick reads from his third novel, The Fall of Princes. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

John McNally reading

with John McNally

Iowa Writers' Workshop alum John McNally reads from his new YA novel, Lord of the Ralphs. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Teen Center

Tom Janikowski and Tracy Manaster reading

with Tom Janikowski, Tracy Manaster,

Two debut novelists with Iowa ties will read. Tom Janikowski from Davenport reads from The Crawford County Sketchbook, and Tracy Manaster, an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate, reads from You Could Be Home By Now. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City

Tim Johnston and Matt Bell reading

with Matt Bell, Tim Johnston,

Iowa City native Tim Johnston reads from his best-selling thriller, Descent, and award-winning author Matt Bell reads from his second novel, Scrapper. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Panel: Self-Portrait

with Sara Baume, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, Vu Tran, Cate Dicharry,

Writers address the ways in which their voice or personality enters—or shuns— their writing, and how they separate themselves from their writing. Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (fiction and nonfiction writer, Singapore) and Sara Baume (fiction writer, Ireland) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, join Vu Tran and Cate DiCharry. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

Panel: Witnessing the Road 1

with Johanna Aitchison, A.J. Mahler, Rebecca Makkai,

Writers discuss how inspirations, travel challenges, and memories made on-the-go influence their writing. What persona emerges as your routines disappear? Johanna Aitchison (fiction, New Zealand) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program joins Rebecca Makkai and A.J. Mahler. Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Panel: Publishing 101

with Lynne Nugent, Andrea Wilson, Trinity Ray,

An educational panel giving writers the inside scoop on topics from working with agents to preparing literary journal submissions that make the cut. Trinity Ray, The Tuesday Agency; Lynne Nugent, The Iowa Review; Andrea Wilson, The Iowa Writers' House. Presented by The Iowa Writers' House. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.  

Stephen Witt reading

with Stephen Witt

Stephen Witt, author of the book How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, reads as part of the Iowa City Public Library's "Music is the Word" series. Saturday, October 3, 02:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A  

Stuart Neville and Vu Tran reading

with Vu Tran, Stuart Neville,

Irish crime novelist Stuart Neville reads from his latest novel, Those We Left Behind, and Iowa Writers' Workshop novelist reads from his debut, Dragonfish. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Xavier Cavazos reading

with Xavier Cavazos

Xavier Cavazos will read from the collection Diamond Grove Slave Tree, the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize-winner from Ice Cube Press. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City

Jabari Asim and Horace Porter reading

with Horace Porter, Jabari Asim,

Jabari Asim reads from his new novel, Only the Strong, while University of Iowa Professor Horace Porter reads from and discusses his new book, Dreaming Out Loud: African American Novelists at Work. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m. 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Panel: Witnessing the Road 2

with Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Matthew Cheng, Edward Hamlin, Charles Haverty,

Writers discuss how inspirations, travel challenges, and memories made on-the-go influence their writing. What persona emerges as your routines disappear? Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta (poet and nonfiction writer, Philippines) and Matthew Cheng (poet and editor, Hong Kong) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program join Charles Haverty and Edward Hamlin. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

Panel: Writing for the Younger Self

with Polen Ly, Nisah Haron, Antônio Xerxenesky, Sarah Prineas, Tracy Manaster,

How does an “adult” writer go about making the contact, closing the age gap, finding the language and the themes for those (much) younger than one’s current self, balancing the freedom to imagine with a sense of reassurance—if any? Antônio Xerxenesky (fiction and translator, Brazil), Nisah Haron (fiction and nonfiction writer, translator, Malaysia) and Polen Ly (screenwriter, Cambodia) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program join Tracy Manaster and Sarah Prineas. Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Panel: Eating Words

with Gary Paul Nabhan, Barry Estabrook, Elissa Altman, Summer Miller,

Eating Words Food Writing Conference presenters Elissa Altman, Barry Estabrook, and Gary Nabhan join festival author Summer Miller to discuss food writing. Saturday, October 3, 4 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

Caroline Heller reading

with Caroline Heller

Caroline Heller reads from Reading Claudius, a dual memoir of her parents’ lives and her own, in which she brings to life the lost world of European café culture, and reminds of the sustaining power of literature in the most challenging of times. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St.

David Morice reading

with David Morice

David Morice, Iowa City's Dr. Alphabet and one of the most prolific writers in our City of Literature, will read from his new poetry collection, Poetry City: A Literary Remembrance of Iowa City. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City

John Scalzi reading

with John Scalzi

New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi reads from his latest science fiction novel, The End of All Things, the latest in the “Old Man’s War” series. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Panel: A Sense of Place

with Raed Al-Jishi, Maggie Mateo Palmer, J. Ryan Stradal, John McNally, Tim Johnston,

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. Maggie Mateo Palmer (critic, essayist, and novelist, Cuba) and Raed Al Jishi (poet and translator, Saudi Arabia) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program join John McNally, Tim Johnston and J. Ryan Stradal. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City

Panel: Technology Makeover

with Villeda, Rochelle Potkar, Samuel Kolawole, Stephen Witt,

To have the world at one’s fingertips even while trying to write an entirely new one on one’s own can be a struggle. What are the challenges, consequences, and your strategies for controlling a life online, in social media, the 24/7 stream of emails, endless access to others’ words? Samuel Kolawole (fiction and nonfiction, Nigeria), Rochelle Potkar (fiction and poetry, India) and Villeda (poetry, translation and fiction, Mexico) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, join Stephen Witt. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Panel: Politics and Prose

with Harris Khalique, Rachel Rose, Maung Yu Py, Joseph Dobrian, Xavier Cavazos,

Writers discuss how the current political landscape affects their work. Maung Yu Py (poet, Burma), Rachel Rose (poet, nonfiction, Canada), and Harris Khalique (poet, nonfiction, Pakistan) from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program join Xavier Cavazos and Joseph Dobrian. Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.

Robert Reich: “Saving Capitalism”

with Robert Reich

The U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley will speak about his new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. Reich, whose career has gone from the sublime (Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century) to the ridiculous (“co-starring” with Conan O’Brien in a buddy cop movie skit) and back, is an engaging speaker who shines a light on economic disparity in the U.S., and proposes solutions. Saturday, October 3, 7:00 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. This event is free & open to the public.
Oct. 4

Salvatore Marici reading

Ice Cube Press poet Salvatore Marici will read from Swish, Swirl & SniffEat the world whole and wash down its continents with wine and cappuccino via Salvatore Marici’s plain language & compelling imagery. See, taste, touch and smell vibrant life forces. Sunday, October 4, 11:00 a.m., High Grounds Cafe, 301 E. Market St., Iowa City

Bonnie Jo Campbell reading

with Bonnie Jo Campbell

Festival favorite Bonnie Jo Campbell returns after her 2012 appearance in support of her novel, Once Upon a River, to read from her new story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. Sunday, October 4, 12:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Rescue Press Reading

Lauren Haldeman reads from Calenday, published by Rescue Press, is her first full-length collection of poetry. Marc Rahe received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human service agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue Press in 2010; his second collection, On Hours, in 2015. Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m., RSVP, 140 N. Linn St., Iowa City

Nancy Adams-Cogan and Michaela Armstrong reading

Nancy Adams-Cogan reads from her work and Michaela Armstrong reads from I Just Heard You Dream Again, both from Ice Cube Press. Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m., University Book Store, Iowa Memorial Union  

Bryan Stevenson: American Injustice

with Bryan Stevenson

Just MercyBryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy, will speak on "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference." Stevenson appears in partnership with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights' One Community One Book project, and the Geneva Lecture Series sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry. This event is free & open to the public. Sunday, October 4, 2:00 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.  

Roast of Iowa City

The 6th 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 as selected roasters gather on stage to gently and not-so-gently poke fun at Iowa City. Sunday, October 4, 4:00 p.m., Trumpet Blossom, 310 E. Prentiss St., Iowa City

Joe Kyugen Michaud poetry reading

The Iowa City Zen Center, which has been part of the spiritual community of Iowa City since the 1970s, will host a reading of Zen poetry by Joe Kyugen Michaud. Kyugen has published a number of books of poetry inspired by Zen Buddhist and Taoist literature and practice. The reading will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Kyugen's most recently published book, Mindscapes, Selected Poems of the Way, will be for sale before and after the reading, with a percentage of the profits going to the Zen Center. Sunday, October 4, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Zen Center, 1025 Fairchild St., Iowa City
 

Cline, Green and Randon reading

The self-proclaimed "Writing Lads" will read from their new work. Rob Cline from the story collection Slices, Dennis Green from the novel Prisoner, and Lennox Randon from the novel Memoirs of a Dead White Chick. 4 p.m. at High Grounds Cafe, 301 E. Market St., Iowa City. Sunday, October 4, 4:00 p.m., High Grounds Cafe, 301 E. Market St., Iowa City