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Five questions with: author Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was already a successful author before the publication of The Book Thief, the novel that propelled the Australian writer to international stardom, in 2005. But it was another book that he struggled to write for many years. Zusak is returning to Eastern Iowa to read from Bridge of Clay at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday, Oct. 21. […]

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Five questions with: Author Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, released his new book, Keep Going: Ten Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, on April 2 through Workman Publishing. As one may expect from the titles of his first two books, the present effort is a bricolage of found artifacts and quotes that Kleon stitches together with insight into his personal process as an artist. […]

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Taylor Brorby to read from ‘Crude,’ ‘Coming Alive’ at Prairie Lights

Author and activist Taylor Brorby is a longtime voice for progressive environmentalism. Hailing originally from North Dakota, he brings a passionate love of the earth to his writing. Last year, as co-editor of the anthology Fracture, he spoke to Little Village about the value of creating new perspectives — in his more recent work, he does just that. […]

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Three workshop graduates bring new poetry back to Iowa City

Chris Martin, Daniel Poppick and Adrienne Raphel Prairie Lights — Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Three Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni — Chris Martin, Daniel Poppick and Adrienne Raphel — return to their old haunt Prairie Lights on Wednesday, March 29 to read from their latest poetry collections. Chris Martin’s third and most recent collection, […]

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Prairie Lights hosts a launch party for ‘Creekfinding,’ a true Iowa tale turned storybook

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 Mike Osterholm, who acted on a hint and a hunch to add the nearly-forgotten waterway into his efforts to return an old cornfield to the […]

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National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes to read at Dey House

Poet Terrance Hayes, who will be reading on Friday, March 3 at the Dey House in Iowa City, situates himself in a unique juggle. People tend to place things in dichotomies. Poetry is no different, pitting schools of thought against each other: confessional vs post-confessional, description vs exposition, poets of the academy vs poets of […]

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Set in rural Iowa, Darnielle’s ‘Universal Harvester’ focuses on connections

John Darnielle Reading Prairie Lights — Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. A palimpsest is a piece of parchment that has been written on, scrubbed clean and written on again. Scholars of the first millennium focus on recovering the erased text, which can tell a story more interesting than the surface writing. The Palimpsest was […]

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Interview: Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz talks immigration, civic responsibility ahead of visit

Junot Díaz 100 Phillips Hall — Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Dominican-born, New Jersey-raised author and activist Junot Díaz has had a career as successful as one could dream, with a vulnerability and honesty that one rarely expects. His writing ranges from short story collections Drown (1996) and This is How You Lose Her […]

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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 www.iowacitybookfestival.org 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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At the second annual This Is Our Peace, the Iowa Writers’ House tackles race in the Iowa City community

This Is Our Peace: Many Races, One Iowa Uptown Bill’s — Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. The Iowa Writers’ House is following up last year’s inaugural spoken word event (which focused on the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings) with a program titled Many Races, One Iowa. Once again, the reading will […]

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