July 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Sandra Scofield will talk about her new writing guide, The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision. “Drawing deeply on her own teaching and writing and using a multitude of examples from classic and contemporary fiction, [Scofield] offers a meticulous guide to revising a novel . . . love the process and what you learn.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Scofield is the author of seven novels, the memoir Occasions of Sin, Swim: Stories of the Sixties, and Scene Book. She is on the faculty of the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and has for many years taught in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.


    July 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Slam poet and Emmy-winning actor Amber Tamblyn will read from her new book, Any Man. This blazingly original novel brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men. "An explosive, shapeshifting piece of literary real estate, Amber Tamblyn's arresting debut offers a scathing portrait of American celebrity culture and the way in which it transmutes human tragedy into a vicious circus." —Janet Fitch

    Tamblyn is the author of Bang DittoFree Stallion, and the critically acclaimed Dark Sparkler. She has been nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. Tamblyn reviews books of poetry for Bust Magazine, is poet in residence at Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and is a contributing writer for The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


    June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Iowa City authorSarah Prineas, known for the acclaimed Magic Thief series, will read from The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings, a stunning new tween fantasy where books literally come to life! The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power. “A page-turner of a fantasy with elements of humor as well as intrigue, swordplay, and librarian-versus-hostile-book combat."—Booklist

    Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa, where she wrangles dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, goes on lots of hikes, and finds time to write. She is also the author of Ash & Bramble, a retelling of Cinderella. She is married to a physics professor and has two kids. She can sometimes be found working amongst the stacks of the children’s department at Prairie Lights!


    June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Winner of the Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction, Laura Esther Wolfson, will read from her literary debut, For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors. “Set variously in America, France, and the former Soviet Union, these interlinked stories have a certain magic about them. They speak of loss and disappointment, of foiled ambitions and failed marriages. And yet there is something uplifting about them—owing no doubt to the author’s reserves of talent and wisdom.” —Daphne Merkin

    Laura Esther Wolfson’s writings have appeared in the Bellingham Review, Columbia Journal, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Daily,, Superstition Review, Sun, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.


    June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduate Anjali Sachdeva will read from her short story collection, All the Names They Used for God.  “Each one provides a haiku-esque glimpse into the infinite mind of an individual while revealing how the seeming trivialities of life can reverberate with meaning. Throughout, characters grapple with predetermination as they experience the brutal clash between expectation and reality.” —Michael Valinsky

    Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.


    June 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

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    Novelist Rupert Thomson will read from his new book, Never Anyone But You. “Rupert Thomson deftly weaves a story that spans several decades—The Paris Surrealists, Nazi-occupied Jersey, heroic acts of resistance, and intense and enduring (and forbidden) love—into one seamless whole. Nail-bitingly tense and incredibly moving."—Monica Ali

    Thomson is the author of nine novels and a memoir, including Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, and Death of a Murderer. He lives in London.


    June 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduates Ian Stansel and Sarah Strickley will read from their new fiction.

    Ian Stansel will read from The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo.  “Stansel confidently updates the American Western while honoring its most daring storytellers: Charles Portis and Larry McMurtry. In taut, cinematic prose, Stansel considers the romance of frontier justice, the seductive power of a good old-fashioned horse chase/manhunt and the heartbreaking costs of fraternal rivalry.” —Amber Dermont

    Stansel is the author of the story collection Everybody’s Irish, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Joyland, Ecotone, and Salon. He teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.

    Sarah Anne Strickley will read from Fall Together: Stories Re-Told, published by Gold Wake Press. “Strickley’s work is bold, honest, and confident. Her language is the perfect combination of lyricism and directness . . . inventive stories that carry the reader into dark territory.” —Chris Offutt  

    Her work has appeared in Oxford American, A Public Space, Harvard Review, Gulf Coast, The Normal School, and the Cincinnati Review. Strickley teaches creative writing and is the faculty editor of Miracle Monocle at the University
    of Louisville.


    June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Des Moines Psychiatrist Loren Olson will read from his powerful exploration of human sexuality,  Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight. Finally Out explores the sexuality of mature men who, like Dr. Olson, lived a large part of their lives as married straight men.

    “Less a handbook for coming out late in life than one man's story of doing so, Olson's always-compassionate voice asserts the importance of being true to oneself.” —Publishers Weekly

    Loren  Olson came out at forty. A father and grandfather, he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has presented findings from his research on mature gay men at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Prague. He lives on a farm in Iowa with his husband, Doug. This event has been co-sponsored by the GoGuide Magazine.



    June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Andrew Sean Greer will read from his Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, Less. “I adore this book. It’s funny, piquant, bittersweet and so achingly observant about the vanity of writers that it made me squirm in recognition. I’ll probably read it again very soon.” —Armistead Maupin

    A former instructor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,  Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of six novels including The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli. He lives in San Francisco and in Tuscany, where he is Executive Director of the Santa Maddalena Foundation.


    June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop alum Nick Dybek will read from his new novel The Verdun Affair. Set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, The Verdun Affair follows a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart. “From a still-smoldering battlefield, Nick Dybek conjures a sweeping saga of secrets, lies, mistaken identity, love and betrayal. This is the kind of book you can’t put down.” —Claire Vaye Watkins

    Nick Dybek is also the author of When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man. A recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and a Maytag Fellowship, he currently teaches at Oregon State University.