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
with Jonathan KatzAuthor 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 Club. Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. Callaghan Auditorium (N110) of the College of Public Health Building
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
with Michael D’AntonioMichael D'Antonio will read from Never Enough: Donald 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)
with Stephen WittStephen 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
with Caroline HellerCaroline 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.
with David MoriceDavid 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
with Robert ReichThe 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.
with Bonnie Jo CampbellFestival 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
with Bryan StevensonBryan 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.