New version of City of Lit app launches

The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature (UCOL) Mobile Application Development Team will unveil the newest version of its “City of Lit” app at the screening of the documentary film “City of Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

“City of Lit” features information on Iowa City’s extensive literary history, highlighting authors and local sites of interest.  The app offers maps with electronic “brass plaques” to showcase a variety of unique locations: where historic readings took place, where authors wrote and lived, and the legendary bars and hangouts where writers gathered to argue and discuss. Biographical and bibliographic information are complemented with audio, pictures, and videos.

The app is now available on all smart phones and mobile devices, and on computers. Users can download the free iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app at iTunes.  The mobile web app can be accessed for free at

The unveiling will be featured following a benefit screening of “City of Literature”, a documentary about Iowa City, and a panel of local literary figures, including Iowa’s former Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, University of Iowa associate professor Loren Glass and Prairie Lights founder Jim Harris. Tickets for the event are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and are available at the Englert box office, (319) 688-2653, ext. 1, or online.

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