February 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

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    Jocelyn Cullity will read from her novel, Amah and the Silk Winged Pigeons. Jocelyn Cullity's English family lived in India for five generations. When she was fourteen, she transcribed her great-great-great aunt's diary about being held hostage for five months during the 1857 "Indian Mutiny" in the city of Lucknow. Based on a true story of colonial events in Lucknow, Cullity's debut novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, illustrates for the first time the lost history of the Afro-Indian, Muslim women who fought against the English hoping to save the city they loved.

    Cullity’s writing has appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Blackbird, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Minerva Rising.  She teaches Creative Writing at Truman State University, and lives in Columbia, Missouri. This event is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program.


    February 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Darcy Maulsby will share images from and talk about her book, A Culinary History of Iowa. From Maid-Rites to the moveable feast known as RAGBRAI, Maulsby tells the remarkable stories behind these Iowa originals. The book features Iowa specialties ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls served with chili. Maulsby helps operate a Century Farm in Calhoun County near Lake City and Yetter, where she also runs her own marketing/communications company, Darcy Maulsby & Co. She has covered agriculture and business for nearly 20 years and has worked with a number of leading ag organizations, including Syngenta, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and the National Pork Board.


    February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    In a special event sponsored by the Public Policy Center, Carey Gillam will talk about her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.  "’Outrage’ is the only word that captures the experience of reading Carey Gillam's Whitewash . . . Her exhaustive examination of the history of glyphosate—the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup—reveals that a herbicide as common as laundry detergent is the health and environmental calamity of modern agriculture . . . This is a story about what happens to public health and the environment when capitalism overthrows the social contract and the fever for profit poisons the heart against all morality."—Sierra Club    

    Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate America. A former senior correspondent for Reuters' international news service, Gillam digs deep into the big business of food and agriculture. She lives near Kansas City.



    February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

    Please join us on February 13, for an important discussion that will transform the next twenty-five years of educating black boys. We are all too familiar with the educational disparities along with the narratives that fuel them. We are moving beyond the negative and positively changing systems that support the educational outcomes of black boys.

    65% of teachers are white women. Alone they can have a tremendous impact on outcomes. But together, we can shift they way black boys are seen and heard inside and outside of the classroom. The ultimate guidebook for educators and parents, public and private schools, and any organization that cares for and loves the inherent potential of black boys is here! On Tuesday, February 13, the co-authors, Eddie Moore Jr., Marguerite Penick-Parks and Diane Finnerty will lead an interactive discussion and sign books afterwards. 

    Both Dr. Moore and Dr. Penick-Parks received their Ph.Ds. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the UIowa. Diane Finnerty is the Assistant Provost for Faculty at UIowa.

    "There is no other instructional guide quite like The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys. While this book offers practical information and advice directly to the largest demographic of educators teaching one of the most marginalized populations of students, it transcends strategy and becomes a book of Black Critical Cultural Studies... Above all is a direct exploration into the ′dos,′ ′don’ts,′ ′why′s′ and ′how’s′ of culturally responsive teaching from expert teachers." —Dale Allender

    “There is no judgement in this book. There is simply a clear scientific and social case—along with concrete instruction—for how education allies at the classroom, school, and system levels can effectively serve our children of color. ” —Brittany Packnett Vice President, National Community Alliances Teach For America & Paul Keys Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Teach For America

    Co-sponsored by Iowans for Public Education, Black Voices Project, Sankofa Outreach Connection, UI Center for Human Rights, and The Prairie Progressive.



    February 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

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    Children’s author Jill Esbaum will read from and talk about her new book, How to Grow a Dinosaur. This delightful picture book is also a practical guide to what a young dinosaur can expect when Mom announces she’s hatching a new baby. From the very  beginning when the hatchling is too young to do anything but eat, sleep, and cry, to the time that he or she can learn how to roar and sit at the dinner table, How to Grow a Dinosaur prepares a young dinosaur for the good news/bad news of having a young sibling. The book is appropriate for 2-5 year olds but appeals to children, adults, and dinosaurs of all ages.

    Jill Esbaum is the award-winning author of I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!; Stanza, Tom's Tweet; and many others. She lives on a farm in Dixon, Iowa.


    February 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Minnesota architect and renowned "cabinologist" Dale Mulfinger will talk about his new book, The Family Cabin: Inspiration for Camps, Cottages, and Cabins. Voted Best Interior Design Book of 2017 by Library Journal, The Family Cabin explores the role that cabins have had and continue to have in family bonding and as a repository for family history, nostalgia, and cherished memories. This collection brings together 37 new and old cabins from across North America as inspiration for anyone who desires a peaceful retreat of their own.   

    Dale Mulfinger has designed cabins all over North America. Principal emeritus of SALA Architects, Dale is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the author of five books, including the best-selling The Cabin and Back to the Cabin, both published by The Taunton Press.


    February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    The Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program presents Durga Chew-Bose, who will read from her collection of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood. "A warmly considered meld of criticism and memoir, a self-portrait of the writer as intrepid mental wanderer. [Chew-Bose's] enthusiasms for art, literature, movies, friendship, and family life are as broad as they are deeply felt." —Alexandra Schwartz

    Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, Filmmaker, The New Inquiry, and The Guardian, among other publications. She lives in New York.


    February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduate Joseph Cassara will read from his novel, The House of Impossible Beauties. This gritty and gorgeous debut follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the documentary Paris Is Burning. “Exceptional . . . The writing is erotically luscious, lyrically intense, forthrightly in your face, and pitch-perfect in the dialog, and the suspense comes from wondering what’s going to happen to these people…” —Library Journal

    A former fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cassara currently lives in
    Iowa City.



    February 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Carrie La Seur, author of critically acclaimed The Home Place, will read from her new novel, The Weight of an Infinite Sky. This evocative and atmospheric novel of family, home, love, and responsibility was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “ Few writers can capture the poetry of the West like Carrie La Seur and with a nod to Shakespeare she probes the west using its most mercurial element—the interior topography of its people.”—Craig Johnson

    Carrie La Seur is an energy and environmental lawyer, and founder of the legal nonprofit Plains Justice. She lives in Billings, Montana.


  • JAMIE QUATRO in conversation with GARTH GREENWELL

    February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Acclaimed short story writer and debut novelist Jamie Quatro will read from and discuss her new novel, Fire Sermon, with author Garth Greenwell. Greenwell has championed Quatro’s book, saying, It would be difficult to overstate the wonder I felt while reading this novel. It’s among the most beautiful books I’ve ever read about longing―for beauty, for sex, for God, for a coherent life.”

    Jamie Quatro’s short story collection, I Want To Show You More, was published in 2013. She is a visiting professor in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, a contributing editor at Oxford American, and lives in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You and he is a frequently published literary critic and writer. He lives in Iowa City.