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Iowa City author Garth Greenwell hopes to break the ice for queer writers working in Bulgaria

Garth Greenwell

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 Culture. The book that unspools their relationship is already poised to be one of the best of the year. It takes us through Sofia, Kentucky and a complex web of memory that makes us consider the ways all of our relationships are shaped by need and longing, both emotional and material. That longing is woven into our narrator’s very fiber and the complex country that surrounds him and the charismatic, complicated Mitko. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Remembering The Book Shop

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Upon arriving in Iowa City a year ago with my own library still boxed and in a distant part of the country, I ventured in search of not only a book, but also a place like my favorite booksellers of New Orleans. I thought this would be an easy task in a UNESCO City of Literature. However, the choices were few. I was not expecting to find what I sought in a little place called The Book Shop. But at the sight of its narrow passages, densely packed shelves and stacks of books, I knew the Muses were smiling upon me. I was home. […]

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Hot Tin Roof: ‘The Kitchen’

Hot Tin Roof

The Kitchen By Chris Wiersema Uh huh, yeah. No, I’m listening. Stuck at the office. Broccoli in the steamer in half an hour. Asshole boss—you said it first—deadline at nine so no later than ten. Chicken breast thawing in the sink.” Eleven year-old mumbled on the cordless, wiped afternoon Koz-Zone cartoons out of his eyes. […]

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Looking back: Marybeth Slonneger’s new book about Iowa City history is half time capsule, half love song

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Stop by Prairie Lights Bookstore on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. for a special Finials reading featuring several of the retrospective’s contributors. By Gemma de Choisy and Kent Williams Iowa City is home to some 71,591 of us (give or take a census). To Marybeth Slonneger, it’s more—a 176-year-old ongoing public art project. Slonneger […]

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Hot Tin Roof: Three Heart Harmonies

Hot Tin Roof

Three Heart Harmonies By Diane LaDuke Bullets of sleet clatter hard against the windows. Stel, my infant son, trembles. I hold him tight against my heart to sooth him.  My wife and daughter sing carols from the kitchen. Their duet offers a warm respite from the winter blitz. Tonight, my heart is full and peaceful. […]

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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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