War & Peace

Public Reading of War and Peace

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 3: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Oct. 4: 9 a.m. until it is finished

Weatherdance Fountain Stage, Pedestrian Mall (Graduate Hotel in inclement weather)

Each year, the Book Festival features the public reading of a classic work of literature with supporting programming throughout the week. From Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4, volunteers will read Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace aloud in its entirety. This will be the 10th year Anna Barker has led this program, and the second time it has involved Tolstoy’s classic. The reading will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Pedestrian Mall stage outside the Graduate hotel. Other programming, including partnerships with the Stanley Museum of Art, Special Collections at the UI Main Library, a screening of the classic 1966-67 film at FilmScene, and more will be a part of the celebration throughout the festival and beyond.

War and Peace at FilmScene

In collaboration with the Iowa City Book Festival, and in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s epic, FilmScene presents a new digital restoration of Sergei Bondarchuk’s eight-hour masterpiece. 

Sun. Oct. 6 

  • 1:30pm – Introduction by Anna Barker, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian Literature
  • 2:00pm – Chapter I, Andrei Bolkonsky
  • 4:45pm – Chapter II, Natasha Rostova
  • 6:30pm – Chapter III, The Year 1812
  • 8:00pm – Chapter IV, Pierre Bezukhov

$20 members / $25 non members

Mon. Oct. 7 and Wed. Oct. 9

  • 5:30pm – Encore introduction by Anna Barker on Monday, Oct. 7
  • 6pm – Chapter I, Andrei Bolkonsky
  • 8:45pm – Chapter II, Natasha Rostova

Regular ticketing

  • Tues, Oct. 8 and Thurs. Oct. 10
  • 5:30pm – Chapter III, The Year 1812
  • 7pm – Chapter IV, Pierre Bezukhov

Regular ticketing

Goya’s Disasters of War prints at the Stanley

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the book publication of “War and Peace.” The Stanley Museum of Art has joined with Special Collections to mark this occasion to pair the presentation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel in conversation with Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War prints. 

The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art 

“The Disasters of War”

Stanley Visual Classroom, third floor IMU

July 30 – December 8, 2019 

University of Iowa’s Main Library, Special Collections Reading Room

“Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ and Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’: A Dialogue Between Art and Literature” 

September 9 – December 19, 2019 

Recasting Tolstoy for World War II: Sergei Prokofiev’s Opera War and Peace and the Russian Epic Tradition 

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30-10:30 PM

The University of Iowa School of Music – Voxman Building, Stark Opera Studio (151)

War and Peace opera screening with an introduction by Professor Nathan Platte.

Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov

Iowa premiere of a new translation by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Riverside Theatre (213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City IA 52245)

  • Thursday, October 3 @ 7:30
  • Friday, October 4 @ 7:30
  • Saturday, October 5 @ 7:30
  • Sunday, October 6 @ 2:00

Following the performance on Saturday, October 5th will be a post-show discussion with University of Iowa professor Anna Barker and the cast of “Uncle Vanya”.

Anton Chekhov’s “scenes from a country life” tells the story of Vanya and his niece Sonya, who devoted their rural lives to support the academic work of Sonya’s father, a retired professor. But when the professor’s new, young wife appears on the scene, bucolic harmony is thrown into discord. A new version by celebrated playwright Richard Nelson and preeminent Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

Directed by Adam Knight and featuring Tim Budd, Eric Forsythe, Joshua Fryvecind, Katy Hahn, Rachel Lindhart, Jessica Link, and Krista Neumann.

Tickets and more info at www.riversidetheatre.org or 319-338-7672.