August 23, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf will read from her chilling new page-turner, Missing Pieces. In this masterful thriller, a woman uncovers earth-shattering secrets about her husband's family and a death that occurred years ago on their Iowa family farm. Author Sandra Brown calls this book, "Masterful... Intelligent... Thought-provoking. If there's such a thing as a 'thoughtful thriller,'
    Missing Pieces is it."

    Heather Gudenkauf is the author of Little Mercies, One Breath Away, Little Lies, These Things Hidden, and The Weight of Silence. She is a University of Iowa graduate with a degree in elementary education, and has spent her career working with students of all ages. She is a Reading Group Coordinator and lives in Dubuque.


    August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

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    Join us to learn about kombucha and try some! Hannah Crum will talk about The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea. She will talk about kombucha, its impact on her lifestyle, the health benefits, and the ease of making it at home. Hannah Crum is the co-author, with Alex LaGory, of The Big Book of Kombucha. They are co-founders of Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where Iowa born Crum currently lives. Known as “The Kombucha Mamma,” Crum is a featured speaker on kombucha at consumer and corporate events nationwide.

    “This is the one go-to resource for all things kombucha.” — Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award–winning author and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods


    August 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Iowa City BrewLab, 505 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Iowa City Brewlab will host a Kombucha Kocktail book signing for Hannah Crum, co-author of The Big Book of Kombucha on August 5th from 3–5 pm. Kombucha is one of the hottest trends in fermented drinks, and Hannah Crum will talk about kombucha and her book, which contains several Kombucha Kocktail recipes, and will offer samples of some of those that use beer and wine. Prairie Lights will be on hand with copies of the book available for purchase. 


    July 31, 2016 - 2:00pm

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    Please join us for a reading from Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change. Through short stories, essays, and poems, women from different age groups, geographic locations, marital status, parenting status, professions, and sexual orientations share their experiences of growth as a result of change. This inspirational book highlights the strength of women as their life shifts ultimately lead to increased confidence and internal peace. The reading will include contributors Rita Moe, Jessica Glover, Amy Nolan, Thelma Zirkelbach, Marianne Taylor, and editors Trina Sotira and Michelle Duster.


    July 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

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    Steuart and Michelle Pincombe present Music in Familiar Spaces, with a performance titled The Bach Reader. Cellist Steuart Pincombe will bring the audience into the world of J.S. Bach not only through his music, but in reading letters and stories of the composer. Featuring selections from three of Bach’s well-known cello suites, Pincombe will present the readings interlaced with his playing, giving listeners a sense of Bach as a person. Steuart and Michelle Pincombe’s nation-wide tour, Music in Familiar Spaces, makes high caliber classical music available in familiar, comfortable and untraditional spaces, inviting the audience to experience the music in a new and engaging way.  Audience members are welcome to order drinks at the cafe to enjoy during the concert.

    Steuart Pincombe has been named by the Strad Magazine as a “superb solo cellist” and a “gorgeous player [with] perfect intonation, imaginative phrasing” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has performed with Holland Baroque Society for King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands, and his his appearance as a soloist with Rene Schiffer and Apollo's Fire was numbered in The London Telegraph’s 5 Best Classical Music Moments of 2014.' Steuart holds a BM in modern cello and a MM in viola da gamba and baroque cello from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Steuart Pincombe and his wife Michelle left professional careers in Europe for a chance to live in a 1959 19-foot travel trailer on a yearlong journey around North America. This Music in Familiar Spaces concert is free thanks to a partnership with Credo Music, a chamber music festival based in Oberlin, Ohio. 


    July 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    James Magruder will read from his third book, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall.  "In Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall, James Magruder combines the sexual trysting and guilty pleasures of a telenovela with the witty dialogue of a drawing-room farce (though even better: this drawing room is a graduate residence dorm in the 1980s). Lurking, of course, is the specter of AIDS, a presence that Magruder invokes with the fear and consternation befitting the time . . . Magruder's language is so precise, so beautifully crafted and bitingly funny, that I laughed throughout and then nearly cried when Love Slaves of Helen Hadley ended." — Lori Ostlund

    James Magruder is a Baltimore-based fiction writer, playwright, and translator. He is the author of Sugarless, and Let Me See It. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College.


    July 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Author, activist, and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams will read from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

    Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams.


    July 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Kodi Scheer will read from her crossover Y/A novel, Midair. “In this gripping novel of both suspense and regret, revenge and sorrow, the dark hearts of teenage girls search for weakness but find more than they bargained for. Midair is the story of best laid plans and all the ways in which we misunderstand each other, sometimes to catastrophic effect.” —Rebecca Scherm

    Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. She was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service. Her stories have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, and Bellevue Literary Review. She has also served as writer-in-residence for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.



    July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Authors Mary Hickman and Ameena Hussein will read from their work in this special reading sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines Program.

    Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of two books of poetry, This Is the Homeland and Rayfish, and two chapbooks, Ecce Animot and How to Be Healthy and Heal. Her work has been featured as a Boston Review Poet's Sampler and in the PEN America Poetry Series. Her poems and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, jubilat, and Sonora Review. She recently lectured and read in Turkey and Armenia as a delegate with the State Department's American Writers on Tour program. A recipient of the Elizabeth Dietz Best Essay Prize, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, and two Iowa Arts Council Awards, she is currently finishing a dissertation on 20th century US poetry and the artist's book.

    Ameena Hussein is a sociologist, editor, publisher, and novelist from Sri Lanka. She has published two award-winning short story collections, Fifteen, and Zillij. She was an editor of Sometimes There is No Blood, a survey of research on violence against rural women by the International Centre of Ethnic Studies in Colombo and the editor of Nethra, a creative literary journal. In 2003 she co-founded the Perera Hussein Publishing House. Her novel The Moon in the Water was long-listed for the 2007 Man Asia Literary Prize, and appeared in print in early 2009. She lives in Sri Lanka.


    July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Master storyteller and author of the classic Montana 1948, Larry Watson, will read from his new novel, As Good as Gone.  In this stirring new novel, protagonist Calvin Sidey is a cowboy of the old-school, no-guff sort — steely, hardened, with his own personal code. It's the 1960s, and he's living off the grid in a stifling trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. Calvin reluctantly agrees to go stay with his grandchildren for a week, back in the small town where he once was a mythic figure. When problems arise, he finds that the Old West way, in which scores are settled, ultimatums are issued, and your gun is always loaded, doesn’t work anymore and he has to find a different way to protect his family.

    Larry Watson grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota and his PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. He is the author of the novels Let Him Go, Montana 1948, American Boy, In a Dark Time, White Crosses, Laura, Orchard, and Sundown, Yellow Moon; the fiction collection Justice; and the chapbook of poetry Leaving Dakota. He lives in Milwaukee, WI.