October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    IWP alum Rachel Rose will read from The Dog Lover Unit. An acclaimed poet, Rachel Rose never expected to spend her nights careening along for the ride while the police teams search for armed suspects. This book reveals the feats that these human and canine teams accomplish, and the emotional and physical risks that they take for one another, and for us. "Enter the intense world of both the dogs and people who form the K9 corps. Every dog has its own unique personality." ―Temple Grandin

    Rachel Rose is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014-2017 and has won awards for her poetry, her fiction, and her non-fiction, including a 2014 and 2016 Pushcart Prize. A chapbook, Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit, and her fourth poetry collection, Marry & Burn were both published in 2015. 


    October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Italy's foremost literary novelist, Nicola Lagioia, will be joined in conversation by Professor of Italian Cinzia Blum, Writers’ Workshop Faculty member Charles D’Ambrosio, and MFA in Literary Translation candidate Hope Campbell Gustafson.  Lagioia will read from his English-language debut Ferocity, published by Europa Press. Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Ferocity is a cinematic suspense novel set in 1980s Southern Italy . . . “A layered portrait of contemporary Italian life and the abuses of power that money can excuse.” — Publishers Weekly

    Nicola Lagioia is an editor for the Italian publisher Minimum Fax. He is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. His books have been awarded the Strega Prize, the Premio Volponi, and the Premio Viareggio, among others. He lives in Rome.


    October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Columbia Law School Professor Carol Sanger will talk about her new book,
    About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America. New medical technologies, women's willingness to talk online and off, and tighter judicial reins on state legislatures are shaking up the practice of abortion. As talk becomes more transparent, Carol Sanger writes, women's decisions about whether to become mothers will be treated more like those of other adults making significant personal choices. “Carol Sanger understands that abortion is never an isolated event, but one that reflects the complicated realities around it. There is a great mind at work here, but one with a woman's body, an understanding heart, and a hope that every child will be born loved and wanted.”—Gloria Steinem

    Carol Sanger is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She teaches courses on contracts, family law, and others focusing on reproduction, the legal profession, and law and gender.


    October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    IWP resident Antoinette Tidjani Alou will talk about the theme of writing life: memoir, fiction, memo-fiction in her books Tina Shot me Between the Eyes and On m’appelle Nina. In fifteen formidable lyrical prose pieces, Tina Shot Me Between the Eyes explores how the self is shaped and transformed by the knots we yearn to tie around ourselves: familial, spousal, parental, professional, and societal. On m’appelle Nina, a novel in French, centers on the story of Vilhelmina, a woman who leaves her home island—Jamaica—to settle down in Niger for love.

    A binational citizen of Jamaica and Niger, Antoinette Tidjani Alou is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Arts and Culture Programme at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, in Niger where she has lived for more than twenty-five years. An independent translator, she has published several articles and books. She is currently a resident of the IWP. This event will include readings in English and French.


    October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    In a special event co-sponsored by The International Writing Program, Iowa City author and Professor Emeritus of Neurology Ramon Lim will talk about his new book, Self and the Phenomenon of Life: A Biologist Examines Life from Molecules to Humanity.

    Self and the Phenomenon of Life describes a common ground between the biology of life and the humanity of life without compromising either discipline. It attempts to bridge the gap between the sciences and the humanities, and connects our meager existence to the entire living world and the universe, physically and spiritually.  Lim achieves this through the simple perspective of "self," being defined as a system that seeks its own perpetuation.

    In addition to his career in the sciences, Lim is an award-winning artist and writer. His non-scientific creations are collected in the bilingual book An Anthology of Literary and Artistic Works of Ramon Lim. While at the University of Iowa, Lim served as an adviser to the world-renowned International Writing Program.


    October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Hajar Bali (playwright, fiction writer, poet; Algeria) was, until 2016, a professor of mathematics at the University of Sciences and Technology in Algiers. Her collection of stage plays, Rêve et vol d’oiseaux [Dream and Birdflight] appeared in 2010; a collection of stories, Trop tard, in 2014. She has held writing residencies in France and Switzerland, and is now the general secretary of the L’Imago Cultural Association in Algiers. Her participation is made possible by an anonymous gift to the IWP.

    Wipas Srithong วิภาส ศรีทอง (fiction writer; Thailand) has published three novels, many short stories, and collections of English-language and concrete poetry. His debut novel Kon Krae [The Dwarf] won the 2012 S.E.A. Write Award for Novels; his subsequent two novels were long- and short-listed for it.  His stories have won the Kukrij Pramote and P.E.N (Thailand) awards. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. 

    Dina Peone is a graduate student in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she teaches The Art and Craft of Personal Writing. A recipient of The Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, Dina is at work on a hybrid memoir about surviving a house fire that disfigured and disabled her when she was a morbid teenager. 


    October 21, 2017 - 4:30pm


    Please join us at the the Iowa City Public Library for a special in-conversation event with Iowa City's Sean Lewis as he talks to Welcome to Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor about their latest book, It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel. "It Devours is an extremely worthy addition to the saga of Night Vale. Witty and well-crafted, it perfectly captures the odd town and its wonderfully strange, sometimes unsettling inhabitants."—Charles Soule

    Joseph Fink created the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts. Jeffrey Cranor cowrites the Welcome to Night Vale and Within the Wires podcasts. He also cocreates theater and dance pieces with choreographer/wife Jillian Sweeney. Sean Lewis as an author, actor and director.

    This special Witching Hour Festival event is free and open to the public.  Prairie Lights will have books for sale at the event. 



    October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

    Iowa City Public LIbrary

    Paul's Book Club will be discussing A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry at the Iowa City Public Library. Please join us!


    October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Conjunctions founding editor and critically acclaimed author Bradford Morrow will read from The Prague Sonata.  This literary quest novel travels from Nazi-occupied Prague to turn-of-the-millennium New York as a young musicologist seeks to solve the mystery behind an eighteenth-century sonata manuscript that is so hauntingly beautiful, it can only be an unknown work by a great composer. “The Prague Sonata is …at once suspenseful and meditative, classical and surprising, devastating and genuinely inspiring ... Bradford Morrow’s writing is as haunting and as beautiful as the fabled sonata it describes.”―Karen Russell

    Bradford Morrow is the author of seven novels and a short-story collection. In additions to Conjunctions, he has contributed to many anthologies and journals. He is a professor of literature at Bard College, and  he lives in New York City. This event will be moderated by John Domini, author of numerous books, including his recent fiction, Movieola. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern and elsewhere and makes his home in Des Moines.



    October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Iowa City Public Library

    In this special event co-sponsored by Iowa City Public Library, Photographer David Ottenstein will show slides from and talk about his new book, Iowa: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape: Photographs 2004 – 2016. Ottenstein’s remarkable images document the twelve years he spent photographing Iowa agricultural landscapes, observing changes in farm culture, its economy, and the resulting transformation of landscape.

    David Ottenstein has a BA from Yale in American Studies with a concentration in photography. He has worked as a freelance editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in architecture and interiors, as well as fine-art/documentary photography. His photographs are represented in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of American Art, the Grinnell College Permanent Collection; the Dubuque Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Western Americana Collection at Yale, and the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, among others. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.