John Koethe

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

A rich, meditative new collection of poetry from John Koethe, the "necessary and great poet" (Hyperallergic). "It’s presumptuous, but if you’re reading this you Probably know my usual obsessions and preoccupations: The “world”—both the word and what it stands for—and time, Which is or isn’t real, depending on my mood. I’ve always Hated poems about

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Jennifer L. Knox

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

The poems in Jennifer Knox’s darkly imaginative collection, Crushing It, unearth epiphanies in an unbounded landscape of forms, voices and subjects―from history to true crime to epidemiology―while exploring our tenuous connections and disconnections. From Merle Haggard lifting his head from a pile of cocaine to absurdist romps through an apocalypse where mushrooms learn to sing, this versatile

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Elizabeth McCracken

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

Ten months after her mother’s death, the narrator of The Hero of This Book takes a trip to London. The city was a favorite of her mother’s, and as the narrator wanders the streets, she finds herself reflecting on her mother’s life and their relationship. Thoughts of the past meld with questions of the future: Back in

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Elizabeth Weiss

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

All Harriet Szász has ever known is life onstage with her sister, Josie. As “The Sisters Sweet,” they pose as conjoined twins in a vaudeville act conceived of by their ambitious parents, who were once themselves theatrical stars. But after Josie exposes the family’s fraud and runs away to Hollywood, Harriet must learn to live

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Prairie Lights: All Iowa Reads: Rachel Mans McKenny

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

Established in 2003, the purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same calendar year. The 2022 All Reads selection is Rachel Mans McKenny's The Butterfly Effect.

Prairie Lights: Margo Price

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

Country singer Margo Price will read from and talk about her new memoir, Maybe We'll Make It.