MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL Presents Hanif Abdurraqib at Hancher

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 6:00pm
Tickets Available through the Englert Box Office for the 2024 MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL!!! 
The Mission Creek Festival presents a reading and conversation with MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Hanif Abdurraqib, who will talk about his new book, There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension. He will be joined in conversation by writer and professor Tisa Bryant from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Reading and conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib and Tisa Bryant will be followed by a 7:30 performance by L'Rain, and an 8:50 performance by Neko Case.

There's Always This Year is a poignant, personal reflection on basketball, life, and home. "Mesmerizing . . . not only the most original sports book I've ever read but one of the most moving books I've ever read, period."--Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant. His most recent book, A Little Devil in America, was the winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Gordon Burns Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named one of the books of the year by NPR, Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize finalist and was longlisted for the National Book Award. He is also the author of the poetry collections The Crown Ain't Worth Much and A Fortune for Your Disaster. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.

Tisa Bryant is the author of hybrid essay collection Unexplained Presence. She is co-editor of the cross-referenced literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project, and collaborates with Ernest Hardy on The Black Book series of visual mixtape love letters to black people and black culture, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Why Are They So Afraid of the Lotus?, Lana Turner, and Letters to the Future: BLACK Women/RADICAL Writing, as well as various arts exhibition catalogs and shows, including the Studio Museum in Harlem’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence program. Unexplained Presence will be reissued by Wave Books in 2024, and her next book, Residual, a meditation on grief, intimacy and the archive, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. A Boston native and longtime resident of Los Angeles, Bryant is Assistant Professor in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and lives in Iowa City.

General Festival Info: Mission Creek Festival will take place Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, with a weekend of music, literature, and community events.. The festival thrives on intimacy and visceral connections between artists and audiences. Events are hosted indoors at traditional venues and local shops converted into performances spaces solely for the festival.The program champions independent-minded musicians and writers–some are well-known, some are underground, some are emerging, and all of them are singular.
Prairie Lights will sell books at the event.


All passes for the Mission Creek Festival will be solely available from The Englert Box Office—both online and in person.

Regular Full Pass: $115 –
Thursday Day Pass: $55 –
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:00 pm, Doors and café open to the public at 4:30 pm. 

Seating at Hancher Auditorium will be general admission.

Event address: 
Hancher Auditorium
Iowa City, IA 52240
There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593448793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A “powerful” (The Guardian) reflection on basketball, life, and home—from the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America