Oct. 4

09:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Old Capitol Museum East Entrance or Old Capitol Museum Supreme Court Chamber in inclement weather or during construction work

Public Reading: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

with Anna Barker

Crime and PunishmentEveryone is encouraged to participate in this public reading. Sign up by the main entrance to Phillips Hall between September 20 and October 2 or email Anna Barker at Anna-barker@uiowa.edu Tuesday, October 4, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Old Capitol Museum

06:30 PM

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

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of Life Care

with Angelo Volandes

The ConversationAngelo Volandes, a physician and noted expert on Advance Care Planning, discusses his book, “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of Life Care,” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
This free community program is presented by Honoring Your Wishes, an initiative of Iowa City Hospice, whose mission is to promote a community-wide advance care planning process in which individuals’ health care preferences are discussed, documented, and honored by families, friends, and the health care community.
Register for this program at www.medicine.uiowa.edu/community. If you have questions or require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Jane Dohrmann by e-mail at jane.dohrmann@iowacityhospice.org or call Judy at Iowa City Hospice at 319-688-4213.

07:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City

Reading: Susan Aizenberg and Lindsay Tigue

Susan Aizenberg will read from Quiet City.
Lindsay Tigue will read from System of Ghosts.
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books.  
Oct. 5

09:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Old Capitol Museum East Entrance or Old Capitol Museum Supreme Court Chamber in inclement weather or during construction work

Public Reading: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

with Anna Barker

Crime and PunishmentEveryone is encouraged to participate in this public reading. Sign up by the main entrance to Phillips Hall between September 20 and October 2 or email Anna Barker at Anna-barker@uiowa.edu
Wednesday, October 5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Old Capitol Museum

06:30 PM

Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park Road, Iowa City

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees The Man Who Planted Trees, a family friendly play presented by Hancher Auditorium in partnership with the Book Festival. This production of the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland is based on the book by Jean Giono. Walk the countryside with a man and his dog, changing the world with every step in a heartwarming performance that offers delights for the entire family. Oct. 2, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., and Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Tickets at http://hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets

07:00 PM

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

Michelle Hoover

BottomlandMichelle Hoover discusses her much anticipated second novel, Bottomland. Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. Iowa City Public Library
Oct. 6

09:00 AM - noon - or until finished

Old Capitol Museum East Entrance or Old Capitol Museum Supreme Court Chamber in inclement weather or during construction work

Public Reading: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

with Anna Barker

Crime and PunishmentEveryone is encouraged to participate in this public reading. Sign up by the main entrance to Phillips Hall between September 20 and October 2 or email Anna Barker at Anna-barker@uiowa.edu Thursday, October 6, 9 a.m.- noon, Old Capitol Museum

Andrea Wulf

with Andrea Wulf

The Invention of NatureAndrea Wulf discusses her latest book, The Invention of Nature. Presented by the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability.
Thursday, October 6, 12:00 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

01:00 PM

Clinton Street Social Club: 18 1/2 S Clinton St, Iowa City

The Fail Safe Podcast with Roxane Gay

with Roxane Gay

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Host Rachel Yoder talks with Engle Prize Winner Roxane Gay at this live taping of The Fail Safe, a podcast that explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure. Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House.
Thursday, October 6, 1:00 p.m. Clinton Street Social Club: 18 1/2 S Clinton St, Iowa City

02:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, mtg. room A

Panel: Crime and Punishment at 150

with Daniel Boscaljon, Anna Barker, Christopher Merrill,

Dostoevsky's Notions of Criminality and Redemption for 21st Century Readers. 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Crime and Punishment. The panel will examine the history of the novel's creation and publication, the theological and humanist foundations of the novel, and Dostoevsky's influence on 21st century writers and narratives. Thursday, October 6, 2:00 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, mtg. room A

Global Multi-literacies: Rewriting the Narrative on Literacy

Global LiteracyThe College of Education at the University of Iowa is partnering with USAID's Global Literacy Initiative to host a mini conference on the concept of multi-literacies in the local and global context. In its effort to combat a growing global problem of children's access to quality literature within local communities, this conference will feature speakers to address several topics relevant to rewriting the narrative in global literacy work and creating new paths of access to literature across the world. Speakers include Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID, and former Iowa First Lady and Classroom Teacher; Ernie Cox, Immediate Past Chair of the Newbery Award Selection Committee; Dr. Amanda Thein, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs and Faculty in Language, Literacy, and Culture; Dr. Renita Schmidt, Associate Professor in Language Literacy, and Culture; Sarah Prineas, Author; Michelle Edwards, Author & Illustrator; and Alina Borger, Author. Participants in this program will learn new dimensions in understanding literacy, the creative process for authors and illustrators, diversity and identity issues within the context of literature markets, and possibilities to contribute to this work through Bloom's Digital Library supported and extended globally by USAID. Registration for this event is required: http://bit.ly/global_literacy  

04:00 PM

Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park Road, Iowa City

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees The Man Who Planted Trees, a family friendly play presented by Hancher Auditorium in partnership with the Book Festival. This production of the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland is based on the book by Jean Giono. Walk the countryside with a man and his dog, changing the world with every step in a heartwarming performance that offers delights for the entire family. Oct. 2, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., and Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Tickets at http://hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets

07:00 PM

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

Roxane Gay receives the Paul Engle Prize

with Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay Roxane Gay has been named the fifth 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. Gay has emerged as one of the strongest voices in American letters in her various roles as a writer, professor, editor and commentator.  She is the author of the short story collection Ayiti, the novel An Untamed State, and the essay collection Bad Feminist. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. It was announced in July that Gay has been chosen as one of the writers of the forthcoming Marvel comic, “World of Wakanda.” She and the poet Yona Harvey will work on the project, becoming the first black women to write for Marvel. alea adigwemeGay 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. 6. She will be interviewed by Iowa City writer alea adigweme after brief remarks.
The event is at 7 p.m., Thursday October 6, at the Coralville Public Library, and is free and open to the public.
Oct. 7

12:00 PM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall

Panel: Writing and Politics

with Christine Yohannes, Carlos Patiño Pereda, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Courtney Sina Meredith, Akhil Katyal, Obari Gomba, ZP Dala, Odeh Bisharat,

In this hot electoral fall, writers participating in the 2016 International Writing Program discuss how their political landscape affects their work.
Friday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall

05:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books: 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Freeman’s family issue launch with John Freeman and Aleksandar Hemon

Join Freeman’s founder John Freeman as he unveils the second issue of his new literary journal. Freeman will be joined by Aleksandar Hemon, who will read from and discuss his contribution to the journal. Friday, October 7, 5:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books: 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

05:00 PM

Daydreams Comics, 21 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

John Ira Thomas

Tire June 2000John Ira Thomas will be reading from his reality-bending new work, TIRE, June 2000, as well as Man Is Vox: Barracudae, the 2015 Indiefab Silver Award Winner for Graphic Novels (with artist Carter Allen). There will be a special guest appearance by the drawing that got John disinvited from Sunday School. Friday, October 7, 5:00 p.m. Daydreams Comics: Daydreams Comics, 21 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

06:00 PM

Hotel Vetro Ballroom, 201 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240

The Open Courtyard: Possibilities of the Personal

with Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams Personal writing gets accused of being many things: solipsistic, narcissistic, claustrophobic, apolitical, sentimental, self-serving, or all of the above. In this talk, Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, will think about how personal writing can move beyond the parameters and particulars of an individual life in order to seek broader resonances. Part of The Examined Life Conference, free and open to the public. Friday, October 7, 6:00 p.m., Hotel Vetro Ballroom, 201 S Linn St, Iowa City

07:00 PM

Rick Riordan – SOLD OUT

Magnus ChaseRick Riordan is the beloved author of books for middle-grade students and readers of all ages. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on Greek mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology; and the Heroes of Olympus, based on Greek and Roman mythology. The Hammer of Thor is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy, which is based on Norse mythology. This event is part of the 2016 Iowa City Book Festival and is presented by Prairie Lights and the UNESCO City of Literature.
Oct. 8

ALL DAY

Iowa City downtown pedestrian mall

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held Saturday, October 8th, 10 AM-4PM (rain or shine!) on the pedestrian mall in downtown Iowa City Email info@iowacityofliterature.org to reserve a booth.

10:00 AM - Noon

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D

Don Quixote Redraw/ Redibujar Don Quijote

Don QuixoteChildren will have the opportunity to enjoy a creative bilingual experience learning and drawing Don Quixote and many other characters of Cervantes masterpiece. With Prof. Denise Filios, Prof/Writer Ana Merino and MFA students of the UI Spanish Creative Writing Program. Free. No Registration required. Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D

10:00 AM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room E on the second floor.

Workshop: Simple Artist’s Book Structures with the Iowa City Press Co-op

IC PRESS COOP10 a.m. - noon. Sign up for a whirlwind introduction to several book structures (including pamphlet, accordion, and lotus) that can be used to make artist’s books, led by Kalmia Strong, a member of the Iowa City Press Co-op.  Iowa City Press Co-op (originally called Zenzic Press) was founded in 2012 as PS1’s community print shop.  They provide facilities and equipment for intaglio, relief, silkscreen, letterpress, and bookbinding and are collectively run by a group of members. Shop access is also available to the general public during open hours and through workshops. The Iowa City Press Co-op works to foster and develop a local community of book and print artists and enthusiasts by providing low-cost access to shared equipment and creating educational and professional opportunities, projects, and collaborations.  Free. Materials provided. Space is limited. Click here to register.

10:00 AM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall. 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

READING ALOUD: Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah

Read Aloud, a Senior Center-based group, will read poems from Patricia Smith's Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith locates the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to Chicago in her parents' own story of love and struggle, and gives us the details of her girlhood in that city in a bold and musical voice.
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall.

10:00 AM

City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Panel: Sense of Place I

with Ukamaka Olisakwe, Virginia Suk Yin Ng 伍淑賢, Courtney Sina Meredith, Marc Nieson, Allen Eskens,

Place and setting are key in many kinds of writing. How do you convey a sense of place or paint a unique landscape? In what ways does location contribute to your writing? Can a literary work truly be ‘universal,’ or will place always determine how a piece is understood?
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

10:00 AM

Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

Reading: Ray Hendrickson

Yarns by RayRay Hendrickson reads from Yarns by Ray
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

10:00 AM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

Reading: Julie Rubini and Tom Shroder

Missing Millie and The Most FamousJulie Rubini will read from Missing Millie Benson
Tom Shroder will read from The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

10:00 AM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Reading: Robert Oldshue and Allegra Hyde

November Storm and Of This New World Robert Oldshue will read from November Storm
Allegra Hyde will read from Of This New World
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Prairie Lights Books

10:00 AM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

Reading: Dan Barry and James Brooks

Boys in the Bunkhouse and Mesa of SorrowsDan Barry will read from The Boys in the Bunkhouse James Brooks will read from his latest, Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

10:00 AM

FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa

Panel: Beyond Realism

with Christine Yohannes, Tatiana Troitskaya, Hensli Rahn Solórzano, John Domini,

Constraints of realism can be, and in many places are being, shed. How do sur-realisms manifest in today’s art, language, technology? What can they tell us about dreams, alternative states of mind, and altered takes on reality? And can such surreal gestures become tools, become useful? Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City

10:00 AM

Old Capitol Senate Chambers, 21 N Clinton St, Iowa City

Fracture: A Discussion

with Rachel Morgan, Angie Carter, Carolyn Raffensperger, Steve Semken,

FractureA discussion of the Ice Cube Press anthology that tackles the issue of fracking from many angles. Learn about writing, about writing and social justice, the power of words and the art of writing.
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Old Capitol Senate Chambers

11:00 AM

Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Prompted: A Parade of Creative Writing Activities with the Iowa Youth Writing Project

IYWP.jpgPicture this: you’ve just sat down at your freshly-cleaned writing desk with a blank sheet of paper, your favorite pen, a mug of hot tea, and a free afternoon. No one will bother you. Even your annoying little sister knows not to barge in. But just as you un-cap your pen to release all the beauty and wisdom of your innermost thoughts, it happens: you blank out. What to write about? You had so many ideas just yesterday! At Prompted, we’ll discuss–and try!–a host of writing prompts to get you through your next block, or even just a regular writing day. We’ve got a wide variety of prompts to choose from–ridiculous, dreamy, fantastical, weird, serious, edgy, and more. And of course there will be time for sharing. So come on down; inspiration awaits!
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11:00 a.m. at the Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
Free. Materials provided. Ages 9-14 only. Space is limited.
Click here to register.

11:30 AM

City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Panel: Pics or it Didn’t Happen

with Zhou Jianing 周嘉宁, Ruel Johnson, Khaled Al Khamissi, Hilary Plum, Anaïs Duplan,

The true privilege of today’s world is “the right to be forgotten.” What then has become of the earlier centuries’ struggles for transparency, public access, information without limits: has our wish been granted?  And how can fiction contend with, respond to, work through, this glut of data, images, information? How can we digest and react to the events of our time when commentary is instantaneous?
Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

11:30 AM

Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

Shakespeare, that Global Brand-CANCELED

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED A writer whose works have been considered the Anglophone world’s epitome of linguistic and literary accomplishment for close to a half-millennium. In this 400th hundred anniversary year of his death, who holds on to him, where, how--and why? Saturday, October 8, 11:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

11:30 AM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

Reading: F. Paul Wilson

Panacea F. Paul Wilson will read from Panacea
Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

11:30 AM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall. 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

The Rising Generation poetry reading

PIR Irish Poet Nell Regan will be joined by two fellow poets featured in Poetry Ireland Review’s "The Rising Generation" issue to read from their work. Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall.

11:30 AM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Reading: Jennifer L. Knox and Ryan Collins

Days of Shame and Failure and New American=Ryan Collins will read from A New American Field Guide & Song Book Jennifer L. Knox will read from Days of Shame and Failure
Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Prairie Lights Books

11:30 AM

Iowa City Public Library, Teem Room

Reading: Crystal Chan

Bird Crystal Chan will read from Bird Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, Teen Room

11:30 AM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

Reading: Robert Olen Butler

Perfume River Robert Olen Butler will read from Perfume River.
Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

11:30 AM

FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City

Panel: Writing as Recovery

with Stephanos Stephanides, Mortada Gzar, ZP Dala, Wasi Ahmed, Julie Rubini,

Isn’t most writing fundamentally grounded in pain, trauma, loss? How does one write through such profound experiences in a meaningful way, and does writing ultimately release this trauma?
Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City

11:30 AM

Old Capitol Senate Chambers, 21 N Clinton St, Iowa City

Panel: Publishing in Iowa

with Andrea Wilson, Allison Means, Genevieve Trainor, Steve Semken, Daniel Khalastchi,

Join us for a panel focusing on the regional publishing opportunities from indie and small presses, academic presses, journals, and lit mags, from those bringing works to the forefront across the Midwest. A discussion with time for questions on what we look for, what to expect, as well as why engage in publishing. Saturday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Old Capitol Senate Chambers

01:00 PM

Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Word Portraits: Getting to Character through Rhythm and Point of View, with Prompt Press & Free Generative Workshops

PromptPressFor this special installment of FGW Jennifer Colville will discuss how looking at visual art can open writers to new formal possibilities. Together, we’ll look at how Picasso’s vision intersected with and inspired Gertrude Stein’s Word Portraits, and we will compose a word portrait of our own. Now in its third inspiring year, the Free Generative Writing Workshop is Iowa City’s only monthly writing workshop that brings together adult writers of all levels to have their imaginations sparked by our area’s most talented writers and teachers, at absolutely no cost. The goal is to create a supportive environment in which participants can generate new writing and meet others interested in the same. Each month a different talented writer-teacher from our area invites us to write from an original prompt — and then composes along beside us as we explore where that prompt leads. After writing, we have the option to share what we’ve created and receive feedback.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 1:00 p.m. Free. Materials provided. Space is limited. Click here to register.

01:00 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

Reading: Adam Hooks and Emily Martin

Adam Hooks and Emily Martin on Shakespeare and art books. Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

01:00 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

Reading: Allen Eskens and Donald Harstad

Heavens May Fall and November Rain Allen Eskens will read from The Heavens May Fall
Donald Harstad will read from November Rain
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

01:00 PM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall. 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

Panel: Writing with Your Thumbs

with Tomoka Shibasaki 柴崎友香, Mara Genschel, Kali VanBaale, Allegra Hyde,

In this day and age, the most widely shared format of writing—texting, blogging, posting, tweeting—is ephemeral, short-lived, voice-like. Where and how does this textual compression show up in “literature”? In your own work?  How does the preponderance of outlets for free writing impact your ability to be paid for your work? Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall.

01:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Reading: Nathan Hill and Alexander Maksik

The Nix and Shelter in PlaceNathan Hill will read from The Nix
Alexander Maksik will read from Shelter in Place
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books

01:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D

Indie Author Day live stream panel discussion

logo-IndieAuthorDay_rgb_600_404Join industry leaders as they offer up guidance and insight to local writers — streaming in hundreds of libraries across the U.S. and Canada. Whether you’re new to the writing world or are a literary veteran, you know that there is much to be learned from people from all across the industry. For the first time in a global panel presentation, leaders from the literary technology world, a librarian, a leader in review publications, publishing experts and writers will all come together to offer inspiration and advice to your local indie community. Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library meeting room D.

01:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. reads from Grant ParkGrant Park
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

01:00 PM

City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Panel: Who Do You Read?

with Alice S. Yousef, Mariano Tenconi Blanco, Vivek Shanbhag, Galit Dahan Carlibach, James Brooks,

What authors do you love to read, in your own or other literatures? Has one writer or one particular text been the igniting experience that opened up the path of writing for you?
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

02:00 PM

Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Workshop: Japanese Stab Binding with artist Julie Russell Steuart of Caveworks Press & Studios

CP-StudiosIn this hands-on bookbinding workshop you will learn how to make your own book with this ancient technique. Visual artist Julie Russell-Steuart grew up in Maryland and earned a BFA in General Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art. She publishes letterpress books of poetry, artist’s books, prints, and stationery on a vintage Vandercook printing press under the imprint Caveworks Press. Her artwork combines printmaking techniques like linoleum carving, pressure printing, collagraph, and wood engraving. She uses various book-binding techniques to make blank journals. Her artist’s books are collected privately and by several University libraries, including The University of Iowa, Texas State University and the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library at the University of Kentucky. Free. Materials provided. Space is limited. Click here to register.

02:30 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

Reading: Catherine A. Stewart

Long Past Slavery Catherine A. Stewart will read from Long Past Slavery Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

02:30 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

Reading: John Domini and Kali VanBaale

Movieola and The Good Divide John Domini will read from Movieola
Kali VanBaale will read from The Good Divide
Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

02:30 PM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall: 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

Panel: Sense of Place II

with Henriikka Tavi, Shenaz Patel, Amanah Mustafi, Ryan Collins, Jennifer L. Knox,

Place and setting are key in many kinds of writing. How do you convey a sense of place or paint a unique landscape? In what ways does location contribute to your writing? Can a literary work truly be ‘universal,’ or will place always determine how a piece is understood?
Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall.

02:30 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Reading: Okey Ndibe

Never Look an American in the EyeOkey Ndibe will read from Never Look an American in the Eye Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lights Books

2:30 PM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

Aleksandar Hemon with Velibor Božović

The Lazarus Project Aleksandar Hemon and Velibor Božović discuss The Lazarus Project
Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

02:30 PM

City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Panel: Binaries on the Run

with alea adigweme, Ko-Hua Chen 陳克華, Alexander Maksik,

From boy-meets-girl to trans/bi-/inter-/cis-/same/: does the burgeoning sexual landscape figure in your writing? Is this rainbow-colored gender spectrum above all a plot advantage?  Does it cast the world in a whole new light? Or is it one culture’s special privilege? Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

04:00 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

Reading: Lynne Nugent and Katherine E. Standefer

Best American Essays 2016Hot off the presses! The 2016 edition of The Best American Essays will be published on October 4th. Be among the first to experience one of the essays chosen by guest editor Jonathan Franzen and series editor Robert Atwan from the thousands published in print and online magazines over the previous year. Tucson writer Katherine E. Standefer will read her provocative (and for mature audiences) essay “In Praise of Contempt,” which was first published in The Iowa Review. Her essay exemplifies what Franzen writes was his main criterion for choosing work for this edition of Best American Essays, “risk”: the risk involved in “championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family.” Lynne Nugent, managing editor of The Iowa Review, will also read her essay “The Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card,” which was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays and was first published in Full Grown People. Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, room 202

04:00 PM

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

Reading: Hilary Plum and Rachel Corbett

Watchfires and You Must Change Your LifeHilary Plum reads from Watchfires
Rachel Corbett reads from You Must Change Your Life
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room

04:00 PM

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall: 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

Panel: Industrial-strength Literature

with Tse Hao Guang 谢皓光, Legodile ‘Dredd-X’ Seganabeng, Vladimir Poleganov, Eros S. Atalia,

The Anglophone literary field is unique in the hefty scaffolding that surrounds publication. From being workshopped in an MFA program through an agent’s approval followed by an editor’s detailed input, all the way to the marketing department’s ministrations, some great writing gets published with the help of a lot of infrastructure. How does the writing-to-publishing trajectory work in other literary cultures? What are the advantages, drawbacks, consequences? How do these differences shape the currents of the world’s literatures?
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall.

04:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Reading: Tom Lutz and Marc Nieson

Tom Lutz will read from And the Monkey Learned Nothing
Marc Nieson will read from Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Prairie Lights Books

04:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

Reading: Claire Hoffman

Greetings from Utopia Park Claire Hoffman will read from Greetings From Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A

4:00 PM

The Java House, 211 E Washington St, Iowa City

Hot Tin Roof reading

hot-tin-roofHot Tin Roof is a program to showcase current literary work produced in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids metro area. Each month, a selected piece under 1,000 words is published in Little Village, and the author receives a $100 honorarium.
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. He was chosen as the patron saint of this series because his artistic life refused to be confined to work in any one genre. Moreover, it seemed right, given the many acclaimed writers to have lived and worked in Iowa City, to honor one who, at the time, was a relatively obscure undergraduate.
Saturday, October 8, 4 p.m., The Java House

04:00 PM

City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Panel: Indie Authors

with Andrea Wilson, Rachel Aukes, Erik Therme, Craig A. Hart, Joseph Dobrian, Eliza David,

A panel of Iowa's leading independent authors discuss their paths to success including overcoming obstacles and methodologies for finding their audience in today's fragmented media landscape. Moderated by Andrea Wilson of The Iowa Writers' House. Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City

07:00 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber, 21 N Clinton St, Iowa City

Iphigenia: Fragments from an Excavation

Iphigenia:  A girl, a myth, a sacrifice to the Gods of War? Or the first refugee, according to the ancients, a fate worse than death? In her TEDx talk, Iphigenia’s mother Clytemnestra addresses these questions and more. Iphigenia: Fragments from an Excavation is a film/theatre/music performance in progress, adapted from Euripdes’ Iphigenia plays. It is a response to the refugee crisis as seen through the lens of the Iphigenia myth and part of a multi-year collaboration between filmmaker Irina Patkanian and writer Lisa Schlesinger. This staged reading is directed by Nina Morrison. Saturday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Oct. 9

10:00 AM

Meet at the Iowa Writers' House, 332 E. Davenport St.

City of Literature Historical Walking Tour

427 UNESCO (No Overlap 1)Meet at the Iowa Writers' House, 332 E. Davenport St., at 10 a.m. The tour will end at The Haunted Bookshop219 N Gilbert St., approximately one hour later.

11:30 AM

RSVP, 140 North Linn Street, Iowa City

Poetry and Mimosas

Rescue PressRescue Press and RSVP present: Poetry and Mimosas, a reading featuring Rescue Press authors, Iowa Writers’ Workshop Graduates, and undergraduate writers from the University of Iowa.
Sunday, October 9, 11:30 a.m., RSVP, 140 North Linn Street

12:00 PM

Iowa Writers' House, 332 E. Davenport St.

Open House at the Iowa Writers’ House

Iowa Writers HouseVisit the home of the Iowa Writers' House, literary B&B and regional writers' support organization with year-round workshops & events available to the public for registration at www.iowawritershouse.org. 12 -1:30 p.m.

02:00 PM

Pomerantz Center room C20, 213 N. Clinton St., Iowa City

Undercover in North Korea

Without You, There is No UsSuki Kim, a novelist, essayist, investigative journalist and the only writer ever to go live undercover in North Korea to investigate and write a book from the inside, will discuss that New York Times bestselling book of investigative literary nonfiction, Without You, There Is No Us, My Time with the Sons of North Korean Elite, the 2016 selection of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights One Community, One Book program.
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m., Pomerantz Center room C20

04:00 PM

Trumpet Blossom Cafe, 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City