Seattle joins Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature

Iowa City is no longer the only UNESCO City of Literature in the United States. On Oct. 31, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designed Seattle as one of eight new cities of literature. Seattle was one of 64 cities added to UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which recognizes distinction in seven fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. […]

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Iowa City will likely keep City of Literature designation despite U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO

The U.S. plans to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, but Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon said he doesn’t believe the decision will have much of an impact on the local designation or the activities of the local organization. […]

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Iowa Young Writers’ Studio artists share work from this year’s session

Each summer the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio welcomes high school-aged writers and rising college freshman from around the nation and the world to Iowa City for two two-week sessions of writing seminars, readings and workshops. These writers have the opportunity to study with published authors and dip into the rich literary history of Iowa City while producing and honing original poems and works of fiction. […]

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MusicIC returns for a seventh year of fusing literature with a classical repertoire

Too often overlooked among the series of festivals that bring an influx of artists to Iowa City is the MusicIC festival, now in its seventh year. Running June 21-24, the festival is presented by the UNESCO City of Literature organization. […]

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Iowa City Book Festival brings authors, presses from across the country

Photo by Kelli Ebensberger

Iowa City Book Festival Downtown Iowa City — October 4 – 9 When a certified City of Literature decides to throw a book festival, it doesn’t fool around. The 2016 event, which started on Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 9, is the stuff of dreams for bibliophiles of all stripes. The festivities kicked […]

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Charm map ranks Iowa City in top 20 college towns

Another day, another listicle. This time it’s Iowa City’s rank among the most charming college towns. RentLingo, an online apartment indexer, has created a “heat map” that shows the “charm street scores of every college town” in a determination their overall “charm” scores. Iowa City ranked as the #19 most charming city. Based on the […]

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International Writing Program participating in Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh

Ashraf Fayadh

Reading for Ashraf Fayadh Shambaugh House — Thursday, January 14 at Noon As part of an initiative sponsored by the International Literature Festival Berlin, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) will be hosting a reading in support of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who is currently in prison and under threat of death penalty […]

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Iowa City to celebrate Don Quixote for two months

El Caballero don Quijote, in Spanish with English Subtitles Adler Journalism and Mass Communications Building room E105 — Friday, Sep. 18 at 3:30 p.m. For Iowa City — a UNESCO City of Literature, home of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, can’t throw a rock without hitting a writer, etc. — this month’s 400th anniversary of Don […]

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Sara Paretsky named 4th annual Paul Engle Prize winner

Sara Paretsky, feminist author of the acclaimed bestselling V.I. Warshawski mystery series, has been named the the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s fourth Paul Engle Prize winner. Following the announcement, Paretsky, who was born in Ames, Iowa, said, “We all have one or two fundamental questions about life—about our own lives—that we keep returning […]

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