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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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Mobile library hits the road, seeks community support

With daily stops scheduled all around town, the Antelope Lending Library has begun its third year of slinging books and taking names in Iowa City. Several years ago, Cassandra Elton started the book lending project — a small, traveling library that makes various stops around Iowa City — with help from her friend, Beth Camp. They’re both librarians who studied together at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa… […]

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Marc Rahe reads at Prairie Lights

Iowa City writer Marc Rahe will read from his new collection of poetry, On Hours, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights. His debut collection of poems, The Smaller Half, (Rescue Press, 2010) demonstrated a staccatoed spectrum, from darkness to high-pitched humor. In On Hours (Rescue Press, 2015), readers find Marc’s depth continues to delight, as does his exploration of the human experience — odd, awkward and wonderful as it may be. […]

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