Oct. 10

9 AM-9 PM

Old Capitol

Public reading of Fathers and Sons

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the novel Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, a public reading will be held at the east entrance of the Old Capitol. In case of weather, the reading will be held in the Supreme Court Chambers of Old Capitol. Members of the community are invited to sign up for a 20-minute slot at the Iowa Avenue entrance to Phillips Hall from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, or at the reading location on Oct. 10.

7 PM

Lower Level Ballroom, Sheraton Iowa City

“An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

immortal-life"An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” presented by Integrated DNA Technologies, will be held at 7 p.m. at the  lower level ballroom in the Sheraton Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. The bestselling book by Rebecca Skloot details the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American woman whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more.
Victoria Baptiste, Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter, and David Lacks Jr., grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks, will speak.
The National Institutes of Health has reached an agreement the Lacks family regarding the continued use of HeLa cells in research, specifically with regard to sequencing of the HeLa genome. Researchers now will apply to NIH for access to the full genome sequence data from HeLa cells, and a six-member panel will review the proposals. David Lacks Jr. is one of two family representatives on that panel.
Additional support comes from the Iowa Biotech Association, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the UI Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and the UI Museum of Natural History.

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Oct. 11

10 AM-5 PM

Downtown Pedestrian Mall and Iowa City Public Library entryway

Hortus

Hortus is a sound installation that will respond to the movement of Festival participants between events.  Sensors placed in the Ped Mall’s plant life will measure the natural resources — wind and light — the plants are harvesting, and these dynamics will be constantly translated into bird sounds.  In this artificial ecology, passers-by will trigger a financial algorithm (similar to those used in speculative economic markets), shifting the birdsong towards those plants that seem most “profitable” in that split second. 
When a visitor decides to stop to read the displays, or to reflect, the environment’s original sound design returns. An installation by International Writing Program participant Patrícia Portela.

9:30 AM-6 PM

Various locations

Life After: Activist Memorials and Digital Collaboration

A Symposium of Public Discussions and Performances. Inspired by deepening public and scholarly interest in commemoration and memorialization, this one-day interdisciplinary public symposium unites local and guest speakers whose work intersects with public and/or digital humanities exploring the activist potentials of memorial practices. At Old Capitol Museum, Iowa Theatre (formerly Bijou) in IMU, & The Englert Theatre. See http://dsph.uiowa.edu/lifeafter for detailed schedule. Free and open to the public.

7 PM

Englert Theatre

Writing in the City of Literature

with Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Alexander Maksik, Susanna Daniel,

Friday event “Writing in the City of Literature,” a fundraiser to support the Book Festival, brings together writers affiliated with the UI Writers’ Workshop to discuss the writing life in Iowa City and how it has shaped their careers. The event will present authors including Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang (All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost), bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep, Sisterland), Alexander Maksik (A Marker to Measure Drift), and Susanna Daniel (Sea Creatures). The event is sponsored by The Eastern Iowa Airport. Immediately following the discussion, a reception will be held at the Share restaurant in the Sheraton hotel. Appetizers, wine, and beer will be served and attendees will be able to meet and mingle with the festival authors. Tickets for the Englert event are $10; a VIP ticket of $60 includes the post-event reception. Tickets can be purchased through the Englert here.

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Oct. 12

10 AM - 5 PM

Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Book Fair

Several book vendors will sell books and more at booths along College and Dubuque streets along the Downtown Pedestrian Mall during the festival. Vendors include Iowa Book, the University of Iowa Press, Candle Light Press, the Iowa Review, Murphy Brookfield Books, Ice Cube Press and more. Check back for a full list of vendors.

10 AM - 5 PM

Weatherdance stage, Pedestrian Mall

Reading Aloud: 100 Years 100 Poems

open-door-coverMembers of the group Reading Aloud will read the entirety of the book Open Door: 100 Years 100 Poems at the Weatherdance stage outside the Sheraton Hotel.

10 AM-5 PM

Downtown Pedestrian Mall and Iowa City Public Library entryway

Hortus

Hortus is a sound installation that will respond to the movement of Festival participants between events.  Sensors placed in the Ped Mall’s plant life will measure the natural resources—wind and light—the plants are harvesting, and these dynamics will be constantly translated into bird sounds.  In this artificial ecology, passers-by will trigger a financial algorithm (similar to those used in speculative economic markets), shifting the birdsong towards those plants that seem most “profitable” in that split second. 
When a visitor decides to stop to read the displays, or to reflect, the environment’s original sound design returns. An installation by International Writing Program participant Patrícia Portela.

10 AM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: Fiction or Fact

with Tessa Mellas, Brian Kimberling, Mario Alberto Zambrano,

Mario Alberto Zambrano, Brian Kimberling and Tessa Mellas join International Writing Program participants Nada Faris (Kuwait) and Oscar Ranzo (Uganda) discuss how writers use real people and events and turn them into fiction/memoir.

10 AM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: I Wish I Had Written That

with Karen Thompson Walker, Amber Dermont,

Amber Dermont and Karen Thompson Walker join International Writing Program participants Sridala Swami (India) and Martin Dyar (Ireland) to discuss their favorite passages written by other writers and explain why a particular passage (and book) resonated with them.

10 AM

FilmScene's Scene 1, College Street Pedestrian Mall

‘City of Literature’ film screening

City-of-Lit-Film-Cover-Feature-Image-size-WP1-300x175The oldest creative writing program in the country, and still regarded the best. More than forty Pulitzer Prize winners. North America’s only UNESCO City of Literature. How did the Midwestern college town of Iowa City, Iowa, become the capital of creative writing in America? This unlikely story of literary ambition, academic innovation, and a promising young poet who became a cultural entrepreneur is told in this hour-long documentary film. Free and open to the public.

10 AM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

11 AM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: A Sense of Place I

with Kate Milliken, Tom Drury, David Rhodes,

Tom Drury, David Rhodes and Kate Milliken join International Writing Program participant Dénes Krusovszky (Hungary) to discuss the importance of setting in their work. This can address topics of regional fiction as well as the challenges/rewards of reaching audiences unfamiliar with a particular location.

11 AM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: Bookstore Blues

with Robin Romm, Joelle Charbonneau, John M. Adams,

Joelle Charbonneau, Robin Romm and John Adams discuss the state of bookselling. How does the rise of Amazon and the struggle of independent shops affect the business of writing and publishing?

11 AM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

12 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: First Novel Experiences

with Don Waters, John Havick, Sarah Bruni, Tracey Garvis Graves,

Sarah Bruni, Don Waters, Tracey Garvis Graves, and John Havick join International Writing Program participant Whiti Hereaka (New Zealand) to discuss how that first book in print changed their lives, or not; or anything else about their experience of going from unpublished to published for the first time.

12 PM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: Freedom’s Limits

with Jeff Biggers

Jeff Biggers joins International Writing Program participants Ali Al Saeed (Bahrain), Mark Angeles (Philippines), and Muhamed Abdelnabi (Egypt) to discuss the hotly debated topic of freedom. How is that debate reflected in and influenced by literature? How does the rest of the world view "freedom," and how does that affect the way the term is defined by readers?

12 PM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

12 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Paul Engle Prize presentation: Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes, Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, will receive 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. Dawes will receive the prize, which includes a special plaque and $10,000, during a special ceremony. The day has been designated “Paul Engle Day” in Iowa The event will be at noon in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber, and is free and open to the public. Dawes will say a few remarks about the prize and then will read from his work.  

12:30 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

“Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest” reading

Seven Iowa high school sophomores who won scholarships through the The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature's  Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest" have been invited to read their winning essays. The top winner, Emma Holmes of Iowa City High, won a year of free tuition to the University of Iowa. Runners-up from across Iowa won a $500 cash scholarship.

1 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: A Sense of Place II

with Gregory Galloway, Larry Watson, Susanna Daniel,

Susanna Daniel, Gregory Galloway and Larry Watson join International Writing Program participant Lili Mendoza (Panama) discuss the importance of setting in their work. This can address topics of regional fiction as well as the challenges/rewards of reaching audiences unfamiliar with a particular location.

1 PM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: Genre Studies

with Sean Doolittle, Bennett Sims, John Rector,

Bennett Sims, John Rector, and Sean Doolittle join International Writing Program participants Tom Crosshill (Latvia) and Simon Urban (Germany) to discuss the role of genre in today's marketplace.

1 PM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

1 PM

FilmScene's Scene 1, College Street Pedestrian Mall

“Stone Reader” film screening

Stone Reader Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz finally reads a critically acclaimed novel he bought back in 1972, and discovers that both the book and the author have long since vanished. "Stone Reader" documents Moskowitz's quest to find out why. As he solves the mystery, the twists and turns of the journey reveal something more-the singular bond literature can create among strangers. Moskowitz and Dow Mossman, author of The Stones of Summer, the book that started the filmmaker's quest, will discuss the film and the ensuing 10 years since its release after the screening. The screening is free; doors open at 12:45 p.m.

1 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

2 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: Politics and Prose

with Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra joins International Writing Program participants Karim Alrawi (Canada/UK/Egypt), Shandana Minhas (Pakistan), and Roland Rugero (Burundi) to discuss how the current political landscape affects their work.

2 PM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: The New Sexualities

with Sally Barr Ebest, Stephen Jimenez,

Steve Jimenez and Sally Barr Ebest join International Writing Program participants Kim Seoryeong (South Korea), Mahsa Mohebali (Iran) and Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore) to discuss the role that sexuality and gender roles play in their work Does literature mirror society, or nudge it along?

2 PM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

3 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: A Sense of Place III

with Carrie Brown, Natalie Bakopoulos, Dean Bakopoulos,

Dean Bakopoulos, Natalie Bakopoulos, and Carrie Brown join International Writing Program participant Yui Tanizaki (Japan) to discuss the importance of setting in their work. This can address topics of regional fiction as well as the challenges/rewards of reaching audiences unfamiliar with a particular location.

3 PM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: At Language’s Edge

with Alexander Maksik

Alexander Maksik joins International Writing Program participants Dmitry Golynko (Russia), Teemu Manninen (Finland), Zeyar Lynn (Myanmar), and Wang Jiaxin (China) to discuss what it means to have their work translated into other languages.

3 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

3 PM

Old Capitol Supreme Court Chamber

4 PM

Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Panel: The Vonnegut Effect

with Andrew Sean Greer, Charles Blackstone,

In conjunction with a visit by a traveling exhibit from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Andrew Sean Greer and Charles Blackstone will discuss the ongoing impact of one-time University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop instructor Vonnegut on the world of letters. They will be joined by International Writing Program participant Craig Cliff (New Zealand).

4 PM

International Programs Commons, University Capitol Centre (UCC) 1117

Panel: Religion and Writing

with Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, R. Clifton Spargo,

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau and R. Clifton Spargo join International Writing Program participants Corinne N'Guessan (Cote D'Ivoire), Asma Nadia (Indonesia), and Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela) to discuss how religious heritage shapes an author's writing.

4 PM

Macbride Auditorium

8 PM

Englert Theatre

Cabinet of Wonders

The Englert Theatre & Mission Creek are proud to present Cabinet of Wonders. Musician and novelist Wesley Stace brings his Vaudeville-esque variety show to the Englert stage. The evening will feature comedian Todd Barry, musicians Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford (The Mekons), John Roderick (The Long Winters) Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake), Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake), and poet Dora Malech. Since its inauguration in 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself, in New York as well as on tour around the country, as an exciting stage for prominent and emerging voices in music, literature and comedy. The NPR program unites artists from varying backgrounds to form a brilliant and engaging collaboration. For event details and ticket information visit the Englert
Oct. 13

5-9 PM

Bluebird Diner, 330 E. Market St., Iowa City

When the Dinner Bell Tolls…

When the Dinner Bell Tolls, it tolls for thee in three courses. Tequila Mockingbird, Chipotle wings with Atticus Ranch and Tequila; Don Quixote de la Manchego, Spanish pepper braised pork with Ancho Panzanella salad and sweet corn Dulcinea; Dillgore Trout, with lemon garlic Volcano Rices of Titan, Breakfast of Champignons Ragu, and a Cat's Ladle of Chive Butter; Flan-nery O'Conner, Sweet corn flan with caramel and roasted corn. $22 at Bluebird Diner, 330 E. Market St., Iowa City. Call (319) 351-1470 for reservations.

2-5 PM

Wedge Pizza/May's Café, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Iowa City Scrabble Club

Iowa City Scrabble Club will meet to play games from 2-5 p.m. at the Wedge Pizza/May's Café, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.

10 AM-5 PM

Downtown Pedestrian Mall and Iowa City Public Library entryway

Hortus

Hortus is a sound installation that will respond to the movement of Festival participants between events.  Sensors placed in the Ped Mall’s plant life will measure the natural resources — wind and light — the plants are harvesting, and these dynamics will be constantly translated into bird sounds.  In this artificial ecology, passers-by will trigger a financial algorithm (similar to those used in speculative economic markets), shifting the birdsong towards those plants that seem most “profitable” in that split second. 
When a visitor decides to stop to read the displays, or to reflect, the environment’s original sound design returns. An installation by International Writing Program participant Patrícia Portela.

11 AM

Iowa City Public Library

Scenes from the Nutcracker

Nolte Dance Academy will present Scenes from the Nutcracker.

11 AM

Catherine's, 7 S. Dubuque St.

Reading: Rebecca Johns

Rebecca Johns reads from The Countess at 11 a.m. at Catherine's.

1 PM

Iowa City Public Library

Citizen Scholars: Biographical sketches of Iowa City authors

A partnership between the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Humanities and the City of Literature, will present biographical sketches of Iowa City authors Robyn Schiff, Sarah Prineas, and Larry Baker.

1 PM

Textiles, 109 S. Dubuque St.

Illustrations: Claudia McGehee

Claudia McGehee will talk about her work, display original art and give demonstrations from her illustrated children's books at Textiles.  

1 PM

Discerning Eye, 119 E. Washington St.

The Corrective Lens: Writing as an Act of Attention

Julie Hanson will read from Unbeknownst, (Iowa Poetry Prize winner, University of Iowa Press, 2011) at Discerning Eye and share thoughts on the writing process.  

1 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville

Reading: Timothy Walch

Timothy Walch will read from Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Documentary History, at the Coralville Public Library.

1 PM

Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E. Washington St.

Emily Martin and the Center for the Book

Emily Martin and students from The Center for the Book present 500 Handmade Books, volume 2 at Iowa Artisans Gallery.  

1 PM

ps-z, 120 N. Dubuque St.

Open House: ps·z & the Zenzic Press

ps·z & theZenzic Press present an Open House: Demos and freebies at your local community print shop, 1-4 p.m.

1 PM

State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Ave., Iowa City

Reading: Madeline Roemig Bendorf

Madeline Roemig Bendorf will read from Growing Up in Amana at 1p.m. at the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Ave., Iowa City

1 PM

Defunct Books, 1650 Sycamore (Sycamore Mall)

Reading: Michael Koogler

Michael Koogler reads from The Rise of Cain at Defunct Books. This is book two in The Krypteia Conspiracy, following Hade's Gambit.

1 PM

University of Iowa Bookstore

Old Capitol Mall, 201 S. Clinton Street

Discussion: Writing and living in the City of Literature

Ice Cube Press authors Salvatore Marici, (Mortals, Nature, and Their Spirits), Patrick Irelan, (The Miracle Boy), and Ethel Barker (For The Love of Pete), and publisher Steve Semken discuss writing and living in the City of Literature and books, and will take audience questions.

1 PM

Austin Burke Clothiers, 26 S Clinton St.

Reading: Dr. Jon R. Kerstetter

Dr. Jon R. Kerstetter will read from The Soldier Doctor, a memoir about war and the experiences of an army doctor, at 1 p.m. at Austin Burke Clothiers.  Dr. Kerstetter practiced emergency and international medicine in regions of war including Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.  He completed three tours of duty as a combat physician and flight surgeon in Iraq.

2:30 PM

Active Endeavors 138 S. Clinton St.,

2:30 PM

Dulcinea, 2 S. Dubuque St.

Reading: Delia Ray Howard

Delia Ray Howard will read from Here Lies Linc at Dulcinea.

2:30 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Duqubue St.

Reading: Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum will read from Last Word at Prairie Lights Books.

2:30 PM

Brix, 209 N Linn St.

Reading: Staci Angelina Mercado

Staci Angelina Mercado will read from Seeking Signs at Brix. One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer’s death shocked her rural Iowa community. On a rainy summer morning June 20, 1913, a young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family members were not convinced. Was it suicide — or was it murder? Based on actual events, Seeking Signs is the story of a young girl searching for answers in the wake of a family tragedy.

2:30 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville

2:30 PM

Haunted Bookshop, 203 N. Linn St.

Panel: The Nature of Literary Influence

The Nature of Literary Influence: The Case of Ivan Turgenev and Ernest Hemingway with Anna Barker and Harry Stecopoulos, at the Haunted Bookshop.

2:30 PM

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

Reading: Hot Tin Roof

Contributors to the Little Village "Hot Tin Roof" writing feature will read from their work at the Iowa City Public Library. Readers include Rachel Yoder, William Blair, Ginny Paulson, and Kyle Laws.

2:30 PM

Beadology, 220 E. Washington St.  Iowa City

Reading: Andy Douglas

Andy Douglas will read from his memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, at 2:30 p.m. at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St.  Iowa City.

2:30 PM

Textiles, 109 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

Illustrations: Aurthur Geisert

Arthur Geisert will talk about his work, display original art and give demonstrations from his book Thunderstorm at 2:30 p.m. at Textiles, 109 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.

4 PM

AKAR Art & Design Gallery, 257 E. Iowa Ave.

Reading: Ben Mauk

Ben Mauk reads from Postcards from Florida at AKAR Art & Design Gallery.

4 PM

Haunted Bookshop, 203 N. Linn St.

Reading: Timothy Juhl

Timothy Juhl reads from his poetry at the Haunted Bookshop.

4 PM

High Ground Cafe, 301 E Market St.

Reading: Rob Cline, Dennis Green and Lennox Randon

Rob Cline, Dennis Green and Lennox Randon read from their new novels at High Ground Cafe.

4 PM

RSVP, 140 N. Linn St.

Reading: Caryl Pagel

Caryl Pagel will read from Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death and Twice Told at RSVP.

4 PM

Domby, 128 E. Washington St.,  Iowa City

Reading: Ethel Barker

Ethel Barker will read from her book For the Love of Pete at 4 p.m. at Domby, 128 E. Washington St.,  Iowa City. Following the unlikely murder of their mother, Iris and her sister Rosie flee a New York tenement and begin their struggle to survive on the streets of a squalid slum. After three hungry days, the girls meet a self-proclaimed “Street Rat,” named Pete, who buys them food and treats them with kindness. A strong bond of friendship and devotion develop between these three. Loyalty to one another provides them with the courage needed to persevere through one shocking event after another as they are taken on the Orphan Train from New York City to the land of Iowa.

4 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St.

Reading: Ana Merino, Horacio Castellanos Moya and Luis Muñoz

Ana Merino, Horacio Castellanos Moya and Luis Muñoz, faculty in the University of Iowa MFA in Spanish Creative Writing program, will read in Spanish at 4 p.m. at Prairie Lights. Printed English translations will be available. The reading will be followed by tapas from Devotay, served in the Times Club wine bar on the second floor of Prairie Lights.  

5 PM

Trumpet Blossom Cafe, 310 E Prentiss St.

5 PM

Old Capitol Senate Chamber

An Evening With Ivan Turgenev, Frédéric Chopin, and Pauline Viardot

Reading of excerpts from Fathers and Sons with musical interludes by Rene Lecuona, piano, and Rachel Joselson, soprano, at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.