IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate its fifth year in the City of Literature over four days in early October.
The weekend will begin Oct. 10 with “An Evening with the “Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The best-selling book by Rebecca Skloot details the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more.
Two members of Lacks’ family will appear at a special free event at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
Writers affiliated with the UI Writers’ Workshop will discuss the writing life in Iowa City and how it has shaped their careers at a “Writing in the City of Literature” ticketed event held Oct. 11 at The Englert Theatre. Presenting authors include Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Alexander Maksik and Susanna Daniel.
Many authors will read from their work and talk about literature Oct. 12. In a series of readings and panel discussions, more than 30 authors will give attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the world of books and writing. This includes participants in this year’s International Writing Program at the UI.
Presenting authors include:
There will be a book fair Oct. 12 and A Day in the City of Literature on Oct. 13 where more than two dozen authors — most of them regional or local — will appear at businesses in and around Iowa City, offering attendees the chance to interact in smaller, more intimate settings.
“We wanted to have the event when the largest number of people was able to attend,” City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon said. “That weekend is a bye week for the Hawkeyes, and we’re hoping for some crisp fall weather to showcase the best of Iowa City literature and bring some great authors to our community.”
Visit Iowacitybook festival.org for more information.