Books and Writing

Visiting Author 2021: Rita Williams Garcia | A Conversation with ICPL

The visiting author program is one of the targeted programs the ICCSD Foundation supports. In partnership with Hills Bank’s Community Reading Month, a book author is selected each year to visit...

Books and Writing Visiting Authors

Their Eyes Were Watching God Book Discussion

Join us for a Black History Month book discussion of Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God. Considered a classic of the Harlem Renaissance, the novel explores main...

Books and Writing

How to Find a Good Book | Virtual Class for Adults

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Books and Writing, Technology

Iowa Women of the Great Migration: The Maid Narratives

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about the remarkable women who labored as domestic workers from the 1930s to 1950s and were interviewed for the book The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics...

Books and Writing Obermann Conversations

International Authors: Images of America

Join us for an open panel in which any and all writers will have a chance to offer brief personal comments about their time in Iowa.

The International Authors series provides an opportunity...

Books and Writing International Writing Program

International Authors: On the Road

Tell us about how inspiration, travel-induced anxiety, or memories made on-the-go influence your writing. What persona emerges as your daily routines disappear? And, how does this inform you as a...

Books and Writing International Writing Program

International Authors: Writing the Not-Self

Writers often create characters different from themselves in one way or another. When such a character “belongs” to a distinct, recognizable group—perhaps a minority—challenges may arise. What—if...

Books and Writing International Writing Program

Author Event: Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak, author of "The Book Thief" and "The Messenger," will read from his recent novel, "Bridge of Clay."

An unforgettable and sweeping family saga,...

Books and Writing

International Authors: Language on Fault lines

As metaphor and as reality, in our ever-more-hybrid world, translation and polylinguality are now ubiquitous. Languages live side by side, commingle, influence each other. New words, accents,...

Books and Writing International Writing Program

The Terrain of No Words - An Elegy for Refugees: A Reading of Bejan Matur’s Sea of Fate | Iowa City Book Festival 2019

The world renowned Turkish poet Bejan Matur wrote her Sea of Fate in 2009, in the span of a three-week long “near-trance,” an almost mystical outpouring of words and lines. The poem cycle is a...

Books and Writing Iowa City Book Festival