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Martha Birkett Bordwell @Prairie Lights

November 19 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Martha Birkett Bordwell will read from her memoir, Missing Mothers.  “By framing her memoir around missing mothers, author Martha Bordwell raises the ethical dilemmas and emotional consequences trans-national adoption has on families. Missing Mothers addresses a challenging and necessary subject in accessible and intimate prose, inviting readers on a complex parenting journey. Through compelling considerations of race, grief, and privilege, we uncover a deep empathy for people in families acting to transform loss and the unknown into acceptance, understanding and love.” -Patricia Cumbie…

Robert Leonard @Prairie Lights

November 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"With wit and a straight-forward passion, Robert Leonard writes of the tough and tender daily lives of the Midwestern working class.  He captures the voices and vicissitudes of the barbers and bartenders, farmers and butchers, factory and maintenance workers who are trying to survive and find their balance within their families and communities in today’s rural landscape. A poetry of the people, Deep Midwest rips off the fancy wrapping paper and gives you a glimpse a reality you may know, but…

Wini Moranville and Sharelle Byars Moranville @Prairie Lights

November 24 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Des Moines authors Wini Moranville and Sharelle Byars Moranville will talk about their newly published books, The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family, and Surprise Lily, which is written for middle-grade readers and is about growing up as a farm kid, and the relationships between sisters, mother, daughters and secrets. Wini Moranville is a food and wine writer/editor who has worked on numerous cookbooks under the Better Homes and Gardens imprint. Since 1997, she has also…

Colin Hamilton @Prairie Lights

December 5 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Iowa City native Colin Hamilton will read from his elegantly woven narrative of life and literature,  The Thirteenth Month.  “The Thirteenth Month is a multiverse of mirrors and infinite texts spanning the inevitable labyrinth that exists between a young man’s books and his reality. It belongs in the company of Borges, Pessoa and Schulz, the very writers Hamilton admires, all the while cleverly disguised as an Iowan’s bildungsroman.”  —Elizabeth McKenzie Colin Hamilton grew up in Iowa City and is a graduate…

Book Report

December 17 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

A book club that meets once a month for an informal round table discussion and sharing of books you have enjoyed reading. Choose your favorite author, old or new, best sellers or classics, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, or poetry. Not limited to presenters; anyone who is interested in finding new authors while exploring the abundance of reading opportunities in our City of Literature is welcome.

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