‘Autumn Dead’ and ‘The Night Remembers’: Two of Ed Gorman’s best recently re-released together

Two of Ed Gorman's finest novels are out in an omnibus offering that gives longtime fans an opportunity to revisit them and new readers a chance at ... »

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1. “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others” Laymon

2. “On Immunity” Biss

3. ... »

Iowa City woman consulted to create story for current American Girl of the Year

IOWA CITY — For nearly 30 years, American Girl dolls and their stories have charmed America's girls.

The doll collection started with ... »

‘The Distant Marvels’: Acevedo is a true storyteller in every sense

When I was in graduate school in Syracuse, our best nights seemed to always involve a guy named Phil LaMarche. He wasn’t a partyer or a wild ... »

“Snippets”: A life told in ‘Snippets’

Gordon Strayer, known to many from his long career with the University of Iowa News Services, has collected memories from his long life into ȁ ... »

‘Triumph over Destiny’: Stories are a worthy, but challenging, read

Knowing that the events recounted in Peladija Woodson-Diers story of her mother’s “Triumph Over Destiny” actually happened und ... »

Author of ‘Triumph Over Destiny’ decided her family’s stories needed to be told

Peladija Woodson-Diers grew up hearing stories from her parents about their childhoods growing up in Austria and Yugoslavia.

Each had very d ... »

Review: How Tom Eliot grew up to write ‘The Waste Land’

Golly, but T.S. Eliot was an unhappy fellow.

Open almost any page in Robert Crawford’s biography, “Young Eliot,” to be p ... »

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1. “A Wrestling Life” Gable

2. “The Stranger” Coben

3. “Stormin Norman: Th ... »

‘The Brueghel Moon’: Author untaps the power of the heart

“The Brueghel Moon,” the latest work from highly acclaimed Georgian author, poet, and playwright Tamaz Chiladze (Dalkey, $14.95), beg ... »

Things to Do: Out Loud! author series brings Fresh Air

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series — the collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion public libraries  ... »

‘Thrown’: MFA grad writes about MMA training

Kerry Howley’s “Thrown” (Sarabande Books, 282 pages, $15.95) is a non-fiction book with a fictional narrator.

The book ... »

Sharing Shakespeare: Touring exhibit puts Bard’s words on display

A  first for the University of Iowa will showcase another first from a long (long) time ago.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shake ... »

‘Binary Star’: Gerard penned hypnotic narrative on eating disorder

A young woman in the grips of an eating disorder narrates her codependent relationship with her alcoholic boyfriend in Sarah Gerard’s debut ... »

‘On Immunity’: An introspection on inoculation, immunity

In “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” Eula Biss explores the anxieties and prejudices swirling through debates about vaccination. Biss, w ... »