NEW DATE! Looking Forward: Dave Eggers in conversation with

Join the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation for the annual fundraiser for the Iowa City Public Library!

Originally scheduled for March 7, 2024, Looking Forward: Dave Eggers in conversation with  André Perry has been rescheduled for October 16, 2024, now taking place during the Iowa City Book Festival! The conversation will be followed by a Q&A. Presigned copies of books will be available for purchase from Prairie Lights in the lobby at the event. 10% of book purchases will be donated back to the Library.

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among them The Eyes and the Impossible, The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, Heroes of the Frontier, A Hologram for the King, and What Is the What. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company, and co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center that has inspired over 70 similar organizations worldwide. Eggers is winner of the American Book Award, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the TED Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Andre Perry is a writer and arts worker. He currently serves as the executive director of Hancher Auditorium and the Office of Performing Arts and Engagement at the University of Iowa. In his role, he oversees a robust multidisciplinary year-round presenting program while stewarding collaboration and creative practice across the university’s performing arts campus.

He previously worked as executive director at The Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City and as national talent buyer for The Mill. While in school, at the University of Iowa, Perry co-founded Mission Creek Festival; he currently serves as the festival’s artistic director.

His debut nonfiction book, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, was hailed by NPR as “extraordinary” and Foreword called him “a fresh American voice that demands to be heard.” His next book, a work of narrative nonfiction, explores the lives of independent artists and musicians in the early 2000s.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

The ICPL Friends Foundation works to inspire every member of our community to support the Iowa City Public Library as a Library user, volunteer or donor. To directly support the ICPL Friends Foundation please visit:

Ticket Options

Tickets at:

  • $125.00 + Fees – Gold Circle Includes VIP reserved seating and a reception with an open bar and light hors d'oeuvres with Dave Eggers at The Tuesday Agency directly following the event
  • $50.00 + Fees – Silver Circle
  • or Pay What You Can!

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