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Posted by Paul Osgerby | Apr 24, 2017

Arthur Russell Week various venues -- Tuesday, April 25 through Friday, April 28 A week of events celebrating Oskaloosa native Arthur Russell kicks off at FilmScene with a screening on...

Posted by Frankie Schneckloth | Apr 19, 2017

LA-based writer Stephanie Danler's recently-released 'Sweetbitter' spins the tale of a young twenty-something looking to find her way in the world after graduation. The story is told through the lens...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Mar 3, 2017

Several years ago -- or, in storybook parlance, Once Upon a Time -- a long-lost creek in northeast Iowa came back to life. It did so with the help of...

Posted by Beth Hudson | Sep 6, 2016

Rae Meadows and Dean Bakopoulos Prairie Lights Bookstore -- Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. With deft and lyrical prose, Rae Meadows weaves a tale of love, hope and survival...

Posted by Jon Burke | Jun 21, 2016

Juxtapositions photo slide show and talk Prairie Lights Bookstore -- Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. 'Juxtapositions' officially releases Aug. 1, but Prairie Lights will have copies early. There is...

Garth Greenwell
Posted by Lucy Morris | Jan 20, 2016

Garth Greenwell’s debut novel, What Belongs to You, begins when an American high school teacher meets a young prostitute named Mitko in the bathroom basement of Bulgaria’s National Palace of...

Posted by Lucy Morris | Aug 7, 2015

Mention Naomi Jackson’s name to anyone who’s been on the local literary scene for a few years and you’ll elicit an excited, “Oh!” Readings she did while...

Posted by Lucy Morris | Jun 24, 2015

Alisa Ganieva’s career as a fiction writer began in 2009 when her story, “Salam, Dalgat!” won Russia’s Debut Literary Prize. Written under a male pseudonym...

Posted by Adam Burke | Jun 11, 2015

With daily stops scheduled all around town, the Antelope Lending Library has begun its third year of slinging books and taking names in Iowa City. Several years ago, Cassandra Elton...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Jun 9, 2015

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

Lucas Mann
Posted by Alea Adigweme | May 18, 2015

Lucas Mann is the author of 'Lord Fear' (Pantheon, 2015), a book-length essay that examines the life of his brother Josh, who died of a heroin overdose...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Apr 27, 2015

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

Posted by Andrea Wilson | Apr 20, 2015

Iowa City writer Marc Rahe will read from his new collection of poetry, On Hours, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights. His debut collection of poems, The Smaller...

Karen Bender
Posted by Mallory Hellman | Mar 4, 2015

Acclaimed fiction writer Karen Bender’s recent work Refund features scam artists, starving artists, subleases, lockdowns and cons in a series of stories that engage...

Posted by Andrea Wilson | Feb 20, 2015

Author Boris Fishman visits Prairie Lights Thursday to read from A Replacement Life, his highly acclaimed debut novel. The New York Times selected it for their...

Posted by Andrea Wilson | Jan 27, 2015

Author Tim Johnston visits Prairie Lights on Thursday at 7 p.m. to read from Descent, a novel that has been roundly praised for both it’s thrilling storytelling...