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 hereWe're sorry! We're experiencing technical difficulties with our system and events will not be live streamed until we can fix it. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    John Domini will read from his new novel from Dzanc books, The Color Inside a Melon. “John Domini enters the world of African immigrants in Naples living on the edge of the law, in a gripping, noir-ish thriller written in prose that somehow manages to be both elegant and hard-boiled. An absorbing read."—Salman Rushdie

    John Domini is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, including his most recent novel, Movieola. He has published fiction in Paris Review and Ploughshares, non-fiction in GQ and the New York Times, and won a poetry prize from Meridian. Grants include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern and elsewhere, He lives in Des Moines.


    July 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

    Iowa City Public Library

    Please join University of Iowa legend Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd to hear him read from and talk about his new book, A Life on the Middle West's Never-Ending Frontier, from University of Iowa Press. Sandy Boyd’s decades of service to the university began in 1954, when he arrived as a law professor. He served as president of the University of Iowa from 1969 to 1981.

    His memoir, interspersed with personal wisdom gleaned over more than six decades of service and leadership, encapsulates Boyd's shrewd yet optimistic view of the public university as an institution. At every stage in his life–in the U.S. Navy during World War II, while practicing law or teaching, and in leadership positions at Chicago's Field Museum and the University of Iowa– Boyd relied on his principles of open disclosure, inclusiveness, and respect for differences to guide him on issues that matter.

    This memoir provides  a lens through which to examine our present situation, whether debating free speech on campus, the role of the arts and humanities in civil society, or the importance of funding for educational and cultural institutions.


    September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

    North Liberty Community Center

    The ticketed event for Amor Towles originally scheduled for June 25th at 7pm at the North Liberty Library has been rescheduled to Sept 9th. Tickets already purchased through eventbrite for the June 25th event are now valid for the Sept 9th event, and printed tickets can be presented at the Sept 9th event for a discount on purchase of the book.

    Ticketholders who would prefer a refund may email Amy Golly agolly@northlibertyiowa.orgor Melanie Harrison mharrison@northlibertyiowa.orgby Friday, August 16 to have a refund issued.

    The author and Prairie Lights apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience caused by the change of plans. Mr. Towles is looking forward to coming to Iowa and is very sorry he is unable to come this summer. Thank you to the North Liberty Library for graciously hosting the event, and for managing the logistics for rescheduling.

    Amor Towles is the author of the NYT Bestselling novels A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility. He will read from and talk about A Gentleman in Moscow, and is happy to sign books. Books will be for sale at the event.

    Tickets are available for $10 on eventbrite, and may be printed out to receive $10 off a purchase of either book at the event.

    For additional questions please contact Amy Golly at or Melanie Harrison at