B.Y.O.Book

Bring Your Own Book or B.Y.O.B. is a "Books In Bars" book club that meets at assorted restaurants in Iowa City with host librarians, Candice and Jason. Participants share their thoughts on the book in a casual group conversation and discuss what is on their to-read pile at home.

Books for the upcoming event will be available from the Info Desk on the second floor of the library. Registration is required so everyone is guaranteed a chair in the reserved space.

Upcoming events

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 7:00pm

Other

In 1972, the New York Times said that Eudora Welty's book was “a miracle of compression, the kind of book, small in scope but profound in its implications, that rewards a lifetime of work.” Big things can come in small packages, and such is the case...

Adults Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Other

Join us on Tuesday, June 21, to talk about Patricia Lockwood's novel "No One Is Talking About This." Kirkus Reviews' glowing review ends with: "The woman at the center of this novel doesn’t trade ironic laughter for soul-shattering awe so much as...

Adults Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

Other

Join us for our July B.Y.O.Book event, where we discuss Robert Kolker's "Hidden Valley Road." Kolker's book studies the development of schizophrenia-related research and treatment in midcentury America by way of the Galvin family, where six brothers...

Adults Book Discussion

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 7:00pm

Other

Join us at our August event, where we discuss Emily St. John Mandel's "The Glass Hotel." Publisher's Weekly says: "Mandel’s wonderful novel (after Station Eleven) follows a brother and sister as they navigate heartache, loneliness, wealth,...

Adults Book Discussion