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Sabrina Orah Mark

July 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

ISWF instructor and Writers’ Workshop graduate Sabrina Orah Mark will read from Wild Milk, published by Dorothy, a Publishing Project. “Sabrina Orah Mark is a writer of strangeness & tenderness & undeniable brilliance. I wanted to read this book aloud to everyone I’ve ever loved, & to fold it into a locket to keep close to my heart.” —Elizabeth McCracken Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections, The Babies and  Tsim Tsum. For The Paris Review she writes a monthly column on fairytales…

John Domini @Prairie Lights

July 25 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

John Domini will read from his new novel from Dzanc books, The Color Inside a Melon. “John Domini enters the world of African immigrants in Naples living on the edge of the law, in a gripping, noir-ish thriller written in prose that somehow manages to be both elegant and hard-boiled. An absorbing read."—Salman Rushdie John Domini is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, including his most recent novel, Movieola. He has published fiction in Paris Review and…

Willard “Sandy” Boyd @Prairie Lights

July 28 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join University of Iowa legend Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd to hear him read from and talk about his new book, A Life on the Middle West's Never-Ending Frontier, from University of Iowa Press. Sandy Boyd’s decades of service to the university began in 1954, when he arrived as a law professor. He served as president of the University of Iowa from 1969 to 1981. His memoir, interspersed with personal wisdom gleaned over more than six decades of service and leadership, encapsulates…

Casey Cep @Prairie Lights

July 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New Yorker writer Casey Cep will read from her book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. An instant New York Times Bestseller that stayed on the list for four weeks, Furious Hours tells the stunning true story of Alabama serial killer Reverend Willie Maxwell, and the true-crime book about him that Harper Lee spent decades working on in the years after she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. "A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper…

Anthony Mccann @Prairie Lights

August 1 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Writers’ Workshop graduate in poetry Anthony McCann will read from his new work of nonfiction, Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.  "A momentous and important non-fiction debut . . . The core subject is nothing less than the nature of American identity and the concept of freedom. Admirably, McCann's ethos is not that of a neutral bystander but of a truth seeker. He thinks through viewpoints with depth and empathy, but he also takes stands and calls out the problematic…

Soul & Blues Fest Authors Panel @Prairie Lights

August 3 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The 2019 Iowa Blues and Soul Festival presents authors Dr. Venise Berry, Dr. Steven T. Berry, Caleb Rainey and Rachelle Chase in a special panel discussion led by Dr. Irenea Walker assistant professor at UNI. Venise Berry, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UI is the author of the book, Driven. Steven T. Berry, former associate professor of journalism and film at Howard University, is the author of T.E.A.R.S.and The Honeyman’s Son. Rachelle Chase, senior business analyst for Fortune…

Craig N. Willis @Prairie Lights

August 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Local debut novelist Craig N.Willis will read from The Deadly Mondaine.  In The Deadly Mondaine, the life of Hattie Rosales is tracked from her origin in Post-World War II, working-class, southside Chicago, through her early career at Marshall Fields’, through her business partnership with  Ludmilla “Milly” Netsurov, and continuing with her rapid relocation from the Chicago area to Gethsemane Illinois. The central mystery in the book is the shotgun slaying of a local mogul at his faux-French Chateau in suburban Gethsemane. Hattie…

Lora Lacina

August 9 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Local author Lori Lacina will read from Mama Said There’d be Days Like This.  “...This is a charming collection of reflections on life in Iowa. Informative, funny and delightful, Lacina’s stories are like a slice of warm apple pie and should be savored as such.” —Beth Howard These 365 daily essays include reflections, lists, recipes, and ponderings. This book will inspire you, make you laugh and make you think. Some of the topics include: circles of women, lost socks, second chances, heartaches, goat yoga, cow…

Lucas Hunt @Prairie Lights

August 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Iowa native Lucas Hunt will read from his poetry collection, Iowa. The first of five linen-cased, hardcover books in an autobiographical collection of cinematic poetry, Iowa commences the Homeric journey of poet Lucas Hunt from a childhood engulfed by the humidity and sun on a pig farm, to the Society shores of Southampton, the jagged glass and steel canyons of New York City, and the sublimity of Rome and Paris. In Iowa, Hunt brings his literary camera closer to the fire within the belly of a…

Timothy Walch @Prairie Lights

August 11 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Iowa City historians Timothy Walch and Ken Donnelly will talk about local history and Walch’s new book, Irish Iowa. Iowa offered freedom and prosperity to the Irish fleeing famine and poverty. They became the second-largest immigrant group to come to the state, and they acquired influence well beyond their numbers. Author Timothy Walch details these stories and more on the history and influence of the Irish in the Heartland. Walch is the director emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the…

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