Kristen Roupenian: Cat Person

Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA

Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard, an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, and a BA from Barnard College. She is the author of the short story, “Cat Person,” which was published in The New Yorker. She will read from her short story collection, Cat Person.

Eskor David Johnson: Pay As You Go

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

Eskor David Johnson is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. His writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he currently lives in New York City. Pay As You Go is his debut novel.

Mindy Mejia: To Catch a Storm

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

Mindy Mejia is a CPA and a graduate of the Hamline University MFA program. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family, and is the author of Strike Me Down, Everything You Want Me to Be, and Leave No Trace.

Nathan Hill: Wellness

Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA

Nathan Hill’s best-selling debut novel, The Nix, was named the number one book of 2016 by Entertainment Weekly and one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, and many others. The native Iowan returns with Wellness. Moving from the gritty ’90s Chicago art scene to a suburbia

Patchwork: A Reading of Literary Translation

Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA

In every corner of this universe, there is a story waiting to be heard. Join the students of the Literary Translation MFA as they gather and read excerpts from their translations of world literature. In collaboration with Exchanges Literary Journal, the inaugural session of this reading series celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Iowa Translation Workshop.

Ayana Mathis: The Unsettled

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

Ayana Mathis with special guest moderator Lan Samantha Chang. From the moment Ava Carson and her ten-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia 1985, Ava is already plotting a way out. She is repulsed by the shelter’s squalid conditions: the barely edible food, and the shifty night security guard. She

Open House Party at PorchLight Literary Arts Center

PorchLight Literary Arts Center 1019 E Washington St, Iowa City

Join us for drinks and appetizers at PorchLight Literary Arts Center. Walk through our space and find out about all we do: residencies, our new co-op model, Misfit Master Classes, the PromptPress Reading Room, and our free programming.

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Dreamwell Theatre Presents: Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

The James Theater 213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA

Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett, and adapted

Poetry in Public Reading featuring the Iowa Student Poet Ambassador

Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA

Poetry in Public celebrates our community’s rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages. Hear from some of the 2023 Selected Poets. Iowa Student Poet Ambassador, Lola Nakashima-Brooke, will open the event. This event is live and in-person, and will be streamed live at: https://www.youtube.com/thelibrarychannel      

Jonathan Lethem, Brooklyn Crime Novel

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

“The levels of mystery here astound. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts and then the parts decide to act alone and challenge the whole. Lethem is not only interrogating the form of the crime novel, but the venture of storytelling itself. All of this while remaining a joy to read. Full

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Dreamwell Theatre Presents: Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

The James Theater 213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA

Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett, and adapted

Werner Herzog

Englert Theatre 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA

Legendary film director Werner Herzog will receive FilmScene’s Cinema Savant award and appear in conversation to discuss his life in film and read from his soon-to-be-released autobiography, Every Man for Himself and God Against All: A Memoir. Presented in collaboration with Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City Book Festival, Infinite Dream Festival, and The Englert Theatre.