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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...

The Local Libraries LIT page advertises for the Roxane Gay event taking place on April 29, 2021. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Roxane Gay discusses internet ethics, ‘Black Panther’ at Local Libraries LIT reading

Hunter Koontz, Arts Reporter April 30, 2021

Author of The New York Times best-selling collection of essays Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay sat down last night to read both published and unreleased material and responded to questions during an hour-long...

Photo Illustration by Jeff Sigmund  on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Fatima Farheen Mirza reads from unfinished second novel at UI Literary Legends event

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter April 15, 2021

Fatima Farheen Mirza began her undergraduate career believing that she was going to be a doctor. Mirza quickly abandoned this idea when she realized she hated all of her pre-med courses and she instead...

Esther Newton, anthropologist and author of My Butch Career: A Memoir, answers questions from Ellen Lewin, a Professor Emeritus of Gender, Womens, & Sexuality and Anthropology at UI during a virtual Prairie Lights reading on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Prairie Lights reading of Esther Newton’s latest memoir fosters discussion of LGBTQ issues and academia

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter April 7, 2021

A successful honorary lecture and PowerPoint presentation about her academic career led to author Esther Newton’s eventual publication of My Butch Career: A Memoir. She began the writing process...

Poet Caryl Pagel reads an excerpt from Out of Nowhere Into Nothing at a virtual Prairie Lights reading on Friday, February 26, 2021. Lauren Shaprio also read poetry from her new novel at the reading.

Authors Caryl Pagel and Lauren Shapiro speak on themes in their latest works at Prairie Lights reading

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter February 27, 2021

Members of the Iowa City community virtually welcomed the Prairie Lights reading experience into their homes on Friday night,  Caryl Pagel, author of Out of Nowhere Into Nothing, spoke with Arena...

Felicia Rose Chavez is seen at the Prairie Lights Bookstore online event Felicia Rose Chavez, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom Confirmation on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Author and UI alum Felicia Rose Chavez presents ‘The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop’ at Prairie Lights virtual reading

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter February 12, 2021

As a woman of color in writing workshops dominated by white men, Felicia Rose Chavez said she felt isolated and alone in a community that discouraged her from fighting for the changes she wished to...

Prairie Lights bookstore on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Iowa City authors speak on historical fiction novel about Mary Shelley

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter February 5, 2021

Friday night’s Prairie Lights reading engulfed attendees with exquisite details from University of Iowa alumna and local author Kathleen Williams Renk’s recently published book, Vindicated: A Novel...

Photo of Professor and Chair of the UI Department of Dance Rebekah J. Kowal. Contributed.

UI Dance Professor to talk cultural dance history at Prairie Lights reading

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter January 27, 2021

The idea of dance as a mode of cultural progress in the context of a globalist society might seem like an intimidatingly niche concept to most. To University of Iowa Dance Professor Rebekah Kowal,...

The Prairie Light virtual potluck is held over Zoom on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Prairie Lights is hosting a group of six Midwest authors to talk about the books they published in 2020. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Midwest authors discuss Midwestern culture in their books at Prairie Lights virtual potluck

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter December 6, 2020

On Sunday evening, six Midwest authors gathered around the warm glow of their computer screens, each eating classic potluck dishes including cheesy potatoes, cheesy pasta casserole, and cream cheese...


100 Days of Decameron offers virtual book club amid pandemic

Abigail Wetteroff , Arts Reporter April 1, 2020

In these lonely weeks of self-isolation and working from home, the status quo may seem far gone, a memory from a better time. Yet the arts community in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, continues...

Josh Siefken, a University of Iowa senior, leads Art at the End of the World Book Club on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Public Space One, 229 N Gilbert Street. The group discussed the 2018 novel Severance by Ling Ma.

Book club explores apocalypse in literature

Addie Bushnell February 26, 2020

Every Wednesday evening, a group of students led by Vero Smith, the associate curator of special projects at the Stanley Museum, gathers in Public Space One to discuss the end of the world. The club...

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Brandon Taylor poses for a portrait during an interview with The Daily Iowan about his debut novel “Real Life” in High Ground Cafe on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

Brandon Taylor reads from novel Real Life at Prairie Lights

Megan Conroy , Arts Reporter February 19, 2020

The anticipation of Brandon Taylor’s debut novel filled the second floor of Prairie Lights on Wednesday night. The audience members sipped on wine or coffee, awaiting Taylor’s introduction of Real...

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