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Melody Dworak

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Review: Rebecca Dinerstein’s debut novel, ‘The Sunlit Night’

When life forces you to start afresh, do you feel afraid — or free? Rebecca Dinerstein wove that question deeply throughout her debut novel...

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Review: ‘New Prairie Kitchen’ celebrates local food, highlights area chefs

Solon’s Big Grove Brewery is hosting a release reception for New Prairie Kitchen (Midway Books 2015), a cookbook by Summer Miller that promotes...

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Lit Scene: Review of Angela Flournoy’s debut novel, ‘The Turner House’

Writers Workshop graduate Angela Flournoy reads from her debut novel at Prairie Lights on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Flourney's book...

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Interview: Mark Bittman on diet, food systems and rethinking Iowa’s food policies

Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of best-selling cookbooks, was scheduled to speak at the Englert this evening...

A Transplanted Chicago
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Interview: Iowa City Book Festival author Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. on “Race, Place and the Press”

Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. will read from his recently published book 'A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City' at Java House as part of the Iowa...

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Enduring migrations: A conversation with Writers’ Workshop grad Ayana Mathis

Literary celebrities come to town for the sixth annual Iowa City Book Festival, Oct. 2-5. Among the greats gracing our fair flyover state is Ayana Mathis, author...

Little House on the Prairie star to visit Iowa City
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‘Little House on the Prairie’ actress to speak at the ICPL

Melissa Gilbert, the actress who played Laura Ingalls on the television series 'Little House on the Prairie,' will be in Iowa City on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to celebrate the release...

The True American
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Book Plug: Stories of true crime

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade By Walter Kirn The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas By Anand Giridharadas HBO's latest...

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Book Review: Rebecca Rotert’s ‘Last Night at the Blue Angel’

Rebecca Rotert’s debut novel, 'Last Night at the Blue Angel', is a literary page-turner with lovely prose and heart-wrenching relationships. It presents a singer on the brink of something big...

Mortom by Erik Therme
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Book Plug: Mortom by Erik Therme

Erick Therme reads from his debut novel, Mortom, on Wednesday, May 14 at New Bo Books in Cedar Rapids. -- image courtesy of Erik Therme The internet may have democratized...

Book Plug
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Book Plug: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird By Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi wins this month's award for "book I'm most curious about." Her newest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird takes inspiration from Snow White and...

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Book Plug: B.J. Novak’s literary debut

In February, B.J. Novak made his literary fiction debut with One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, a collection of 64 darkly comic vignettes. Novak is most well known for...

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A – List: Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16

Culinary Ride - Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. If RAGBRAI is the established mid-summer bicycle event of Iowa--the mature elder--the Culinary Ride is the baby brother trailing along at summer’s...

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Online Together

“There's some wack shit floating round about social media making us lonely & isolated. Can't make us what we already are,” tweeted @srharris19 on July 4. As internet giant Google...