Stephanie Burt prepares to see her poetry in motion with Mission Creek’s visual poetry synthesizer

Adulthood is complex. Often, as adults, we leave behind the people we were in childhood, and focus our identities forward to who we think we should be. Dr. Stephanie Burt, poet, literary critic and professor of English at Harvard University, would say “Fuck that.” […]

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‘We need a moral and spiritual awakening in this country’: Marianne Williamson brings her 2020 presidential campaign to Prairie Lights

Marianne Williamson isn’t a traditional political candidate, but like a veteran politician, she began her campaign event at Prairie Lights Bookstore on Saturday with a joke. “I know there are about 1,736 people who’ll be running for the Democratic nomination, and I’m just honored to be one of them,” Williamson said. But then she added, […]

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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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‘Iowa Review’ annual reading at Prairie Lights

Reading: ‘Iowa Review’ Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. The fall 2016 issue of the Iowa Review is on shelves, and the University’s beloved journal will be hosting their annual Iowa City reading at Prairie Lights tomorrow, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Editor Harry Stecopoulos will be hosting local artists Jenny […]

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Dog sledder and UI Nonfiction alum Blair Braverman to read at Prairie Lights

Blair Braverman Reading and Q&A Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Blair Braverman, a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, will be returning to Iowa City to read from her debut memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North […]

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Prairie Lights, Barnes and Noble bring together a magical community

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Barnes and Noble Coralville — Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Harry Potter Midnight Release Prairie Lights Bookstore — Sunday, July 31 at 12 a.m. There are few things that can bring a community together like a midnight release. The excitement is electric when fans come together, hyped up on […]

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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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Poets Margaret Ross, Sarah Deniz Akant, and Callie Garnett at Prairie Lights

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Margaret Ross, Sara Deniz Akant, and Callie Garnett will be reading their poetry this evening, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lights. Margaret Ross was the winner of The Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize for her title A Timeshare. She has been the recipient of a Fullbright as well as a fellowship from the […]

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Best-selling author Hope Edelman returns to Iowa City to present new anthology, lead writing workshop

Illustration by Mara Cole

There’s a change in the air, and I don’t mean the weather. When Hope Edelman returns to Iowa City — the place she calls her second home — a new kind of thoughtfulness pervades the writing scene. Edelman, a UI Nonfiction Writing Program alum and author of the best-selling Motherless Daughters series (not to mention […]

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

Finials - Hamburg Inn

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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Interview: ‘Give Us the Ballot’ author Ari Berman reads Saturday at Prairie Lights

Photo by Yoichi Okamoto (from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum) Voting, that most basic of democratic rights, is often taken for granted by Americans. And few are more aware of this dilemma than than Ari Berman, whose new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, examines the […]

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