Books and Writing

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 Obermman 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

Josh Gondelman and Lyz Lenz | Iowa City Book Festival 2019

Josh Gondelman is a comedian and a writer/producer for “Desus & Mero” on Showtime. Previously, he earned two Peabody Awards and three Emmys for his work on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver...

Books and Writing Iowa City Book Festival

Kassandra Montag | Iowa City Book Festival 2019

A little more than a century from now, the world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, starting with the great coastal cities, rising floodwaters have left...

Books and Writing Iowa City Book Festival

Paula Becker | Iowa City Book Festival 2019

A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman’s struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker is a writer and historian living in Seattle, Washington. She...

Books and Writing Iowa City Book Festival