Interview: ‘Sweetbitter’ author Stephanie Danler dishes on inspiration, eating on the road and dinner-hour poetry

LA-based writer Stephanie Danler’s recently-released ‘Sweetbitter’ spins the tale of a young twenty-something looking to find her way in the world after graduation. The story is told through the lens of front-of-house restaurant work, a job that proves to be both Exhilarating and exhausting for the novel’s heroine, Tess, and one that Danler experienced first-hand in her formative early twenties. […]

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Authors Anna Noyes and Brian Booker return to Iowa


Anna Noyes and Brian Booker Prairie Lights Bookstore — Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates and rookie authors Anna Noyes and Brian Booker will be sharing the stage tonight at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Noyes will read from her collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women (Grove 2016) and Booker will share […]

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Interview: Iranian novelist-in-exile Shahriar Mandanipour on love, censorship and wearing religiosity like a hijab

Shahriar Mandanipour Prairie Lights Bookstore — Monday, Sep. 14 at 7 p.m. Iranian novelist-in-exile Shahriar Mandanipour published Censoring an Iranian Love Story in 2009, while a writer-in-residence at Boston College. The book, his first full-length work to be published in English, is strikingly layered; a metafictional novel set in contemporary Iran whose chief protagonists are […]

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