Live From Prairie Lights

"Live from Prairie Lights” is an internationally known readings series, which features some of the best up-and-coming and well-established authors & poets from all over the globe. Presented before a live audience and streamed over the world wide web, this long running series brings the spoken word from the bookstore to the masses. Most readings begin @ 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to assure yourself a seat.

The Writing University live streams many of our readings here.
The Live from Prairie Lights audio archive is available here.
Iowa City PATV has a video archive of readings located here.
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    July 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    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 31, 2016 - 2:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    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.


    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. 


    August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    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