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Author Jon Katz: “Iowa got to me”

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 7th, 2015

The Library and Prairie Lights were pleased to host New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz at the Library this week. We were the last stop on his self-organized book tour for Saving Simon.

Author Jon Katz

Author Jon Katz

As the host of numerous author readings, film screenings, events and presentations every year, the Library strives to plan programming that speaks to our community. Patron feedback guides future programming and we are grateful for the comments we receive. However, being curious people, we sometimes wonder what kind of impression we — the Library, our community, the city and our beloved state — make on outside visitors.

That’s why reading Katz’s blog post about his trip to Iowa is so rewarding. Katz made three stops in Iowa — Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City — and writes that he and his wife were charmed by what they saw.

“The people were the nicest and warmest people I have met anywhere – they really love authors and books and strangers – the food was as good as any we have eaten in New York City.” According to him, Iowa City “is the state’s proud answer to the East Village or Brooklyn.”

Thank you, Jon Katz, for including Iowa and the Iowa City Public Library on your tour. We’re happy you had a great visit and that you got the chance to experience firsthand what makes our state so great. We hope you’ll visit again soon!




Author Jon Katz at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz to the Library Tuesday, May 5.simon

Katz, the author of The Last Housewife: A Suburban Detective Mystery and The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family, will read from his newest book: Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.

In the spring of 2011, Katz received a phone call from an animal control officer. She had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York and hoped Katz and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. The recovery process was long, but as Katz helped Simon heal, the two formed a bond that illustrates the wondrous ways animals make humans wiser and kinder.

The author reading will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Library. Prairie Lights will have copies of Katz’s books available for purchase at the program and will donate 10 percent of the sales made that night to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Book Festival Celebrates Books and Literature

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 24th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is thrilled to be one of the sponsors of the 2014 Iowa City Book Festival, which will be held Oct. 2 through Oct. 5.ICBF-logo_webheader1

Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration of books and writing leverages the unique mix of local resources that helped Iowa City earn the UNESCO City of Literature designation.

The festival will include readings and discussions at multiple locations throughout Iowa City. Below is a list of events that will be held at the Library:

Panel: Writing in a Country at War

12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Meeting Room A

What are a writer’s duties, privileges and obligations when his or her country is at war? What should writing be when a day is measured in units of life and death—whether in the place one lives, or, as importantly, when the writer is safe from the ongoing fighting? Panelists are International Writing Program participants Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan), Sadek Mohammed (Iraq), and Boaz Gaon (Israel).

Author Reading: Scott Phillips and Jon McGoran

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Meeting Room A

Authors Scott Phillips (Hop Alley) and Jon McGoran (Deadout) read from and discuss their latest books.

Author Reading: Sean Strub and Terrence Holt

11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Meeting Room A

Authors Sean Strub (Body Counts) and Terrence Holt (Internal Medicine) read from and discuss their new books.

Irish Poetry Reading

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Meeting Room A

In this second of three programs presented in partnership with the Dublin City of Literature, three Irish poets — Siobhan Campbell, Joseph Woods, and Stephen James Smith — will read from their work.

Author Reading: Edward Carey

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Teen Center

Edward Carey reads from and discusses his new YA novel, Heap House.

A Tribute to Donald Justice

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Meeting Room A

Ten years after his passing, the work of Donald Justice continues to resonate. A panel of poets, led by 2013 National Book Award winner Mary Szybist reads from and discusses the work of the late poet in this special event.

Author Reading: Jessie Ann Foley

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Teen Center

Jessie Ann Foley will read from and discuss her 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize-winning novel, The Carnival at Bray.

Author Reading: Paddy Woodworth and Jeff Biggers

4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Meeting Room A

Paddy Woodworth (Our Once and Future Planet) and Jeff Biggers (Reckoning at Eagle Creek) will read from their work and discuss the idea of regeneration as it relates to climate change.

Panel: At Language’s Edge

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Meeting Room A

International Writing Program participants Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela) and Sabata-Mpho Mokae (South Africa) join poet Marilyn Chin and Waukon-based translator Mary Jane White in a discussion about what it means to translate, and to have their work translated into other languages.

Panel: Religion and Writing

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Meeting Room A

International Writing Program participants Binayak Banerjee (India), Gerður Kristný (Iceland), Enrique Serrano (Colombia), and Abdullah Al Wesali (Saudi Arabia) discuss how religious heritage shapes an author’s writing.

For a full schedule of events, visit