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 this decision will alter that status.

Iowa City was named as the third City of Literature in 2008, designated because of our city’s strong literary culture and our deep international connections. That work by our writers, editors, publishers, librarians, booksellers, students, teachers and all others involved in the literary life of our community is more important than ever. The support our organization has seen since this announcement – from the City of Iowa City, local stakeholders, and our colleagues around the world – has been overwhelming, and we look forward to celebrating our literary culture through this week’s Iowa City Book Festival and beyond.

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