Looking Forward with Ilyon Woo

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Looking Forward with Ilyon Woo

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation for a lecture with writer Ilyon Woo benefiting the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. Presigned copies of books will be available for purchase from Prairie Lights in the lobby at the event. 10% of book purchases will be donated back to the Library. Check the following link for tickets.


Ilyon Woo is the New York Times best-selling author of Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, one of the New York Times’s “10 Best Books of 2023” and People Magazine’s “Top Ten Books of 2023,” also named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, Time, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, Boston, Chicago Public Library, and Oprah Daily.

Time Magazine called Master Slave Husband Wife an “edge-of-your-seat drama”; The Wall Street Journal pronounced it: “A narrative of such courage and resourcefulness it seems too dashing to be true…. a “genuine nail-biter.” A finalist for a Kirkus Prize, the book was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal, nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards, and supported by a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Writing Grant.

Ilyon has traveled the country to speak at bookstores, museums, schools, and book festivals, and she has been featured on such programs as NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and CBS Sunday Morning. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University, where she first came upon the story of William and Ellen Craft.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity. The ICPL Friends Foundation works to inspire every member of our community to support the Iowa City Public Library as a Library user, volunteer or donor. To directly support the ICPL Friends Foundation please visit: www.supportICPL.org


March 29
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation


Englert Theater
221 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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