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Cities of Literature celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21

The UNESCO Cities of Literature are celebrating World Poetry Day, designated by UNESCO as March 21, with a number of different project, programs and events. Granada UNESCO City of Literature in Spain leads the Cities of Literature World Poetry Day initiative each year, and the theme in 2021 is “Reconnecting People.” Twenty-three Cities of Literature […]

One Book Two Book’s Write Out Loud event to premiere at 1 p.m., Feb. 28

The Write Out Loud celebration of student writing, held virtually this year, will premiere on YouTube at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 28. The celebration is the highlight of this year’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. Watch the presentation here. The video features the grade-level winners in the One Book Two […]

100 Days of War and Peace begins Feb. 1

Following on successful community reading projects in 2020, the City of Literature once again offers the chance join with others from around the world to read a classic novel. This time we will gather to read Leo Tolstoy’s classic, War and Peace. Over 100 days, from Feb. 1-May 10, we will read a section every […]

Marvin Bell, 1937-2020

When I heard of Marvin Bell’s passing this morning, my first thought was of unrealized plans. Every time I spoke with Marvin over the past few years, he reminded me of the idea he had shared to erect a statue of Paul and Hualing Engle in Iowa City. If we could put up a statue […]

2021 One Book Two Book student writing guidelines released

Though the festival will be scaled back and held online in 2021, the core component of the One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival remains: soliciting creative writing submissions from area students. Students in grades 1-8 in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area school districts, or home school students in those equivalent grades, are encouraged to […]