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Esther Newton, anthropologist and author of

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

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

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 7, 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...

Brooklyn author, Jia Tolentino gives a reading at Prairie Lights from her book of essays, Trick Mirror on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. Trick Mirror received rave reviews from publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vox.

Author Jia Tolentino reads from her latest work, Trick Mirror, at Prairie Lights

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter February 19, 2020

The crowd at Prairie Lights Tuesday night sat ready to hear this year’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing’s visiting Writer-in-Residence, Jia Tolentino, who read from her latest book, Trick...

Addie Bushnell prepares an apple torte in her apartment, which is inspired by a recipe from a cookbook called “The Original Recipes from Busnell’s Turtle.” Bushnell’s Turtle was a prominent restaurant in Iowa City in the late 20th century that Addie Bushnell is now bringing to life through her three-part project, “Bushnell Recipe Series.” (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

A Valentine’s Day treat: a review of the apple torte with butter sauce from Bushnell’s Turtle cookbook

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter February 11, 2020

When I discovered The Original Recipes of the Bushnell’s Turtle cookbook in Prairie Lights, I was introduced to the history of a popular Iowa City restaurant called Bushnell’s Turtle. The restaurant...

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

Hanif Adburraqib reads about life and pop culture at Prairie Lights

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter January 31, 2020

Packed into the upstairs area of Prairie Lights, a large crowd of people waited for Hanif Abdurraqib, a visiting professor at the University of Iowa. Every inch of space was taken up, ready for the...

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