Thursday Oct. 2


12:00 PM Panel: World Novel Today

Gerber Lounge, UI English-Philosophy Building
Writers discuss the state of the novel internationally; is there cross-pollination at work in the new novels we’re reading, across borders of genres, languages, flavors, senses of humor—a wider sense of belonging to the planet?  Participants are International Writing Program participants Laurynas Katkus (Lithuania), Mamle Kabu (Ghana), Harry Stecopolous and Peter Nazareth (University of Iowa).

1:00 PM Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground

Dublin Underground
Public reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground at the Dublin Underground. Free and open to the public.

7:00 PM Border Issues

Coralville Center for Performing Arts
2014 Paul Engle Prize winner Luis Urrea leads a panel discussing issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and repercussions in the Midwest. Free and open to the public.

7:30 PM James Ellroy interview and reading

Old Brick
James Ellroy in conversation with Craig McDonald, at Old Brick. Ellroy, the self-proclaimed “Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction,” will read from and discuss his new novel, Perfidia, with fellow novelist McDonald. McDonald has interviewed Ellroy in the past, most notably for his interview collections, Art in the Blood and Rogue Males. Free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Iowa City Book Festival events. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact our office at or 319-887-6100.