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University of Iowa International Writing Program Bridges the Cultural Divide.

How does literature bring us together? Does some quality contained within allow us to communicate beyond linguistic, cultural and personal barriers – barriers many of us find insurmountable? Can the stories of cultures distinct from our own tell us more about ourselves than we expect? These were the sort of questions which arose recently as […]

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Life of Discovery exchange program to bring four top Chinese authors Iowa City

Four Chinese writers are visiting Iowa City in the this week as part of the UI’s International Writing Program’s (IWP) Life of Discovery exchange program. The visit is timely in light of the recent announcement that Mo Yan, Chinese novelist and 2004 graduate of the IWP, would be the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize […]

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Marilynne Robinson interview – Reading 10/24 at Englert Theatre

I sat down on behalf of Little Village to catch up with Marilynne Robinson in her office at the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, in advance of her upcoming talk at the Englert Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The acclaimed novelist, essayist and professor has received more awards, fellowships and prestigious visiting lectureships than can be tallied here, […]

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Books: Harrowing Plenty – A review of Atina Diffley’s “Turn Here Sweet Corn”

In Turn Here Sweet Corn, Atina Diffley recounts a life of farming, of building and developing relationships with food and the soil, with wildlife and insect life, with urban living and with the idea of progress itself. It is also a guidebook for how we can intelligently make those relationships work for all involved. Success […]

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Books: Where Choice Lives – A Conversation with Poet and Neurologist Dawn McGuire

What is the worth of a piece of text? Is it found in the words themselves—in the stringing together of symbols which, by forming sentences and paragraphs, pages and chapters, communicates to the reader some message? Is the book itself merely a vessel? Surely there are those of us who would argue otherwise. A good […]

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Iowa City Readings and Events: July 23-26

Kind salutations to the readers, writers, critics and the simply-just-interested-in-books of Iowa City. Being in the wake of the Iowa City Book Festival we may assume that our weekly ration of literary readings and seminars has been exhausted, but – to our great pleasure – that is not the case. I’ll highlight a handful of […]

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Iowa City Readings: June 19 – 22

Hello Iowa City readers, writers and bibliophiles – this sweltering week in the middle of June is the perfect week for you. A fantastic selection of readings are coming your way in the next few days, and whether you’re a veteran of Iowa City’s long tradition of literary readings, or you’ve been timidly waiting on […]

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Review: ‘Boleto’ by Alyson Hagy – Reading Wed. 6/13 at Prairie Lights

Reading: Alyson Hagy | Prairie Lights | June 13 | 7:00 p.m. | FREE Early into Alyson Hagy’s new novel Boleto, protagonist Will Testerman’s father complains about the recent influx of people moving to the tiny town of Lost Cabin, Wyoming, where the Testerman family resides on their farm. “When I was a kid,” he […]

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