10 must-see events at the 2015 Iowa City Book Festival


The Iowa City Book Festival runs from October 1-4, and with so many events happening in and around town, how do you decide which events not to miss? With any great festival, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is real. But fear not! Let the curators at Little Village be your guide. All of the Book Festival events are free and open to the public.

Note: Events appear in chronological order

An Evening with Jonathan Katz: Life, Death and Public Health After the Haiti Earthquake

Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Callaghan Auditorium (N110) of the College of Public Health Building

Jonathan Katz discusses his book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. As the world’s attention has turned away from Haiti, the country still struggles to move past the devastation that was wrought by an earthquake.

Panel: The Calling – Writing with Responsibility

Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A

Writers from the University of Iowa International Writing Program discuss the roles and responsibilities writers play in catalyzing social change.

Cate DiCharry and Riley Hanick Reading

Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m., Prairie Lights Bookstore

Cate DiCharry reads from her book The Fine Art of Fucking Up and Riley Hanick discusses his new non-fiction book, Three Kinds of Motion. Both deal with political dynamics at the University of Iowa and Iowa City’s 2008 flood.

Michael D’Antonio Reading

Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

Author Michael D’Antonia wrote a biography about Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, which includes several interviews with some of the nation’s top businessman.

Panel: Publishing 101

Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall

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This panel tackles informative and practical panel on how to get published and tricks of the trade when working with literary agents. In a city full of writers, this panel sponsored by the Iowa Writer’s House, aims to help individuals navigate the industry.

John Scalzi Reading

Oct. 3, 4 p.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)

John Scalzi, New York Times best-selling author and winner of numerous literary awards, reads from his most recent science fiction novel.

Robert Reich: “Saving Capitalism”

Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Englert Theatre

Former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich discusses his new book and one of the defining issues of or our time: economic inequality.

Bonnie Jo Campbell Reading

Oct. 4, 12 p.m., Prairie Lights Bookstore

Bonnie Jo Campbell returns to Iowa City and to Prairie Lights to read from her new story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.

Bryan Stevenson: American Injustice

Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge

Bryan Stevenson, best-selling author and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, gives a talk about the failings of the American Justice System. This address is sure to be thought provoking, inspirational and sobering.

Roast of Iowa City

Oct. 4, 4 p.m., Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Get ready to laugh your ass off as a selected group of roasters poke fun at the place many call home, and some call that “other place,” Iowa City.

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