Archive for October, 2017

8 Cities of Literature, 3 U.S. Cities join UNESCO network

Today, Oct. 31, on UN’s World Cities Day, 64 newly designated UNESCO Creative Cities have been announced. Eight Cities of Literature have been added to our network. We congratulate these cities on their new designation and on all the work they have done to be recognized by UNESCO. All 28 Cities of Literature will be […]

Alexander Chee Awarded the Paul Engle Prize

On October 12th, during the 2017 Iowa City Book Festival, Alexander Chee became the 6th recipient of the Paul Engle Prize. You can now watch the complete ceremony, which includes introductions by Iowa City of Literature director John Kenyon and Coralville Public Library director Alison Ames Galstad, remarks by Chee, and a conversation between Chee […]

Statement on U.S. decision to exit UNESCO

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization is monitoring closely the news from the U.S. State Department that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018. Because the city’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature is a direct relationship between the city and UNESCO, there is no expectation that […]