Sunday Oct. 5

11:00 AM Book as Art/Art as Book

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


11:30 AM READING ALOUD Group Reading

Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room
The 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.


12:00 PM Mary Potter Kenyon

Coralville Public Library
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.




12:00 PM 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.





12:00 PM 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.




1:00 PM Jane Smiley

The Englert Theatre
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 pubic.





2:00 PM John Ira Thomas

Daydreams Comics
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.





2:00 PM 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.



2:00 PM Mike Young, Gene Kwak, Mike Schlesinger, Delaney Nolan, and Alice Gribbin

rsvplogo_colorMike Young, the author of four collections including his latest Sprezzatura, leads this gang of new young voices in the poetry world. October 5, 2:00 p.m., RSVP.




2:30 PM Claudia McGehee

UI Museum of Natural History
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.




3:00 PM Celebrating Sir Walter Scott’s Influence in Iowa

The Englert Theatre

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.

3:00 PM Panel: At Language’s Edge

Iowa City Public Library
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.


3:00 PM Lauren K. Alleyne

Beadology Iowa
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.





3:00 PM Bart Yates

High Ground Cafe
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.




3:00 PM Assaf Gavron

Prairie Lights
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.






3:00 PM Rescue Press Reading

Rescue PressMarc Rahe 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.




3:00 PM Ice Cube Press Reading

University Bookstore
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.




4:00 PM Poets and Writers from the MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Programs and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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

4:00 PM Panel: Religion and Writing

Iowa City Public Library
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.


4:00 PM Sarah Kosch and Brendan Lee Spengler

White Rabbit
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.


5:00 PM Roast of Iowa City

The Mill
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 at The Mill as selected roasters gather on stage to gently and not-so-gently poke fun at Iowa City.  Submission deadline: Sept. 15