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Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s 2022 Book Festival to put big ideas and local authors into the spotlight

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter September 27, 2022

Iowa City’s contributions to literature are innumerable and brilliant. Renowned writers have found inspiration and support in Iowa City, and institutions dedicated to the pursuit of literature thrive...

Ask the Author | David DeGusta

Ask the Author | David DeGusta

Parker Jones, Arts Editor September 20, 2022

David DeGusta is a second-year MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. On Sept. 25, he will take part in a conversation at Prairie Lights bookstore as part of the International Writing...

Panel for Iowa City’s Black authors to be held at Prairie Lights as part of Soul & Blues Festival

Panel for Iowa City’s Black authors to be held at Prairie Lights as part of Soul & Blues Festival

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter September 20, 2022

  Eliza David struggled to find Black female protagonists in the stories she read. So she started writing them herself. As a self-publishing novelist and blogger, librarian, and current University...

University of Iowa MFA candidate Ann Kreitman and creator of the podcast “I’m Writing to You Today” poses a portrait on the IMU Footbridge in Iowa City on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The podcast takes listeners on a small journey through Iowa City, including on the footbridge, while detailing LGBTQ history.

UI MFA candidate Ann Kreitman expands the medium of theater

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter August 4, 2022

Soon after Ann Kreitman came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she happened upon a book of queer love letters. For years, Kreitman said she felt like an outcast in her identity, never seeing...

Contributed photo of Corinne Stanley,  an Iowan writer and educator, who held a reading of her latest work, “La Tercera Luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain,” on July 21 at MERGE, IC.

UI alum and language facilitator publishes novel on voyage to Spain

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter July 26, 2022

Corinne Stanley, an Iowan writer and educator, held a reading of her latest work,  “La Tercera Luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain,” on July 21 at MERGE, IC. The room was decorated with bright...

University of Iowa Workshop Alumn T.C. Boyle poses for a portrait on the Iowa Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City, Iowa on May 4, 2022.

Internationally acclaimed author and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum T.C. Boyle to return to Iowa City

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter May 4, 2022

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle was a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 when he discovered that humans were trying to teach apes' sign language. This caused him to question the social order enforced...

Beach Bunnys Lili Trifilio sings at the Englert Theatre as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Mission Creek Festival returns to rock Iowa City

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 10, 2022

The lights dim, and for a moment, everyone holds their breath in anticipation. A guitar riff pierces the silence, and the Mission Creek Festival commences.  The Mission Creek Festival, spanning...

A writer speaks at Prairie Lights as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Mission Creek Festival presents Writers of Color Reading Series

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter April 9, 2022

Drue Denmon was a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Young Writers Institute when she met and worked with professor Tameka Cage Conley. Conley, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, detailed...

The inside of Prairie Lights is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Prairie Lights returns to hosting in-person events

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter April 6, 2022

The second floor of Prairie Lights Bookstore once held lively and inspirational Q&A’s from local authors, then the pandemic forced it to sit still and quiet, its long shelves full of books ignored...

A line of books are seen at the Iowa Public Library on March 11, 2022.

What to read over spring break — Iowa City book clubs share their picks

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter March 11, 2022

With a week off from stress-inducing college classes, students can take the opportunity to read books other than their textbooks — escaping into another world over spring break.   There are...

Contributed photo of author Jennine Capó Crucet.

Local Libraries LIT invites author Jennine Capó Crucet to speak on race, gender, and immigration

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter January 24, 2022

The Local Libraries LIT, or Listen, Initiate, Talk program, has held virtual events featuring authors since 2020. So far, the event has hosted attendees to interact with published authors, including...

Author Lori Erickson signs a copy of her new book “The Soul of The Family Tree” while talking with friends at the Harvest Preserve in Iowa City, on Wed. Aug 25, 2021. “The Soul of The Family Tree,” which was released Aug. 24, 2021, is about Lori Erickson and her quest to learn about the Vikings and explore her Scandinavian genealogical heritage. (Cole Krutzfield/ The Daily Iowan)

UI alum hosts book launch through Prairie Lights at Harvest Preserve

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter August 26, 2021

After taking part in the popular trend of at-home DNA testing, author and UI alum Lori Erickson was inspired to combine her own ancestral connections with the historical spirits of Norwegian culture...

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