UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day to feature Community Book Talk, April 23

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s third Community Book Talk will be held at the Sycamore Mall in Iowa City from noon-1 p.m. on April 23. The program will feature community and business leaders from around the area, who will each discuss a favorite or meaningful book.

The talk, which features six presenters, will be held in the former Talbot’s space at the east end of Sycamore Mall. It is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

Presenters are:

Terry Brands, Associate Head Coach of University of Iowa Wrestling, will speak about American Sniper by Chris Kyle.

Greg Delzer, owner of Defunct Books at Sycamore Mall, will speak about Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.

Kirsten Frey, attorney at Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, L.L.P., will speak about Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Carl Klaus, author and founder of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will speak about The Raptors of Iowa, illustrated by James F. Landenberger.

Dale Simon, vice president of Kirkwood Community College, will speak about The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles, will speak about Blindness by Jose Saramago.

The event is being held on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day. In addition to the book talk, participating libraries and businesses will offer special giveaways and treats to celebrate the day, including:

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