Giving Tuesday: Join the movement & give back

On Giving Tuesday, please consider making a gift of any size to t he Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Our 2015 was filled with successes that elevated the literary community in the Iowa City area.

The largest Iowa City Book Festival to date drew more than 4,000 people to our community. Headlined by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and social justice activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson, the festival featured more than 100 authors and presenters taking part in more than 50 events.


The Paul Engle Prize, our annual literary award, saw its profile rise with 2015 winner Sara Paretsky, who was part of a capacity event with NPR’s Maureen Corrigan at the Coralville Public Library.


Our annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival received creative writing submissions from more than 900 area students whose work was celebrated alongside that of our keynote speaker, children’s author and illustrator David LaRochelle.


We added to our Writers on the Fly video interview series, including new interviews with authors like Roxane Gay, David Rhoades, and 2015 Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James.


We presented scholarships to high school students from across the state who were recognized for their writing excellence in our Paul Engle Essay Contest, including top prize winner Natalie Holmes from Iowa City High.


We connected area elementary school students with Hawkeye football stars like Austin Blythe and Jordan Canzeri as part of the Hawkeye Readers program, a partnership to promote reading and studying.


We collaborated on international projects with fellow Cities of Literature Dunedin, Norwich, and Krakow, which promote and celebrate our writers’ and artists’ work with the rest of the world.



All of these programs and events are free, but they are not without cost. Please help us to lay the foundation for a strong 2016 that will include the One Book Two Book Festival (Feb. 26-28), International Jazz Day (April 30), the Iowa City Book Festival (Oct. 6-9), and many other initiatives throughout the year by making a tax-deductible contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more.

Please make a contribution today

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