‘Bumperhead’: Author masters novel about growing up

In his last graphic novel, “Marble Season,” artist and author Gilbert Hernandez explored the childhood of one imaginative boy growing up in 1960s California.

Using an episodic narrative style and stunning, spare drawings, Hern [...]

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‘California’ dreaming: Author Edan Lepucki to visit Iowa City

Edan Lepucki has had a pretty wild summer.

Her first novel, “California,” was released in July.

“I was really excited for my book to come out. I was going on a three city book tour and it made some best of summer r [...]

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Wine, dine and meet romance authors at Fireside Winery

Fill your bookshelves in anticipation of a long winter of reading at a multi-author event at Fireside Winery on Sept. 28.

Meet multiple authors, purchase books and get author autographs, wine and dine and listen to live music from 1 to 5 p. [...]

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“Downfall”: Whodunnit creates likable character

When Pen Wilkinson, an attorney and paraplegic, learns that someone is attempting to make her the scapegoat in a scandal that threatens the company she works for, she decides to fight back. “Downfall” (Conquill Press, 347 pages, $15) [...]

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Author Kerry Weber speaks of personal merciful journey at Mount Mercy University

A few years ago, journalist Kerry Weber was sent to California’s San Quentin State Prison to write about its religious outreach program.

As she prepared for the trip, Weber, managing editor of the faith-based America magazine, came ac [...]

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‘Little House’ star launches cookbook tour at Iowa City, Cedar Rapids libraries

CEDAR RAPIDS — Actress Melissa Gilbert burst into tears when she saw how many people turned out Tuesday afternoon for her booking signing and talk at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 250 filled the [...]

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‘One Kick’: Iowa City Name reads from thriller Monday

Chelsea Cain’s latest thriller, “One Kick” (Simon & Schuster, 309 pages, $25.99), is the first book in a new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman who suffered the horror of abduction and child pornography. Ten years a [...]

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‘The Secret Place’: Deep dive into drama detracts from story

Fans of acclaimed mystery writer Tana French can be a bit, well, fanatical about her work. I should know. I’m one of them.

And while her latest novel, “The Secret Place,” delivers on a number of French’s trademar [...]

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Library celebrates intellectual freedom

IOWA CITY — In 1995, the Iowa City Public Library established the Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Carol for her 26-year career and for her lifelong commitment to the freedom of ideas. As Justice Potter Stewart wrote, & [...]

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‘Dear Boy’: Weber’s memoir doesn’t let readers in enough

In a 2009 interview with The Paris Review, acclaimed poet and memoir writer Mary Karr explained that the biggest problem with memoirs today is “they’re not reflective enough. They lack self-awareness. I always tell my students that i [...]

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Historian, author Doris Kearns Goodwin will share lesson’s from past leaders at Cornell College

MOUNT VERNON — Doris Kearns Goodwin believes the presidents and politicians of our past have a lot to teach us.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author will share some of those lessons during a free lecture at Cornell College& [...]

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‘I Am China’: Book translates power of a voice

At first glance, Xiaolu Guo’s new novel, “I Am China” (out last Tuesday), seems like a quiet book. British translator Iona Kirkpatrick is handed a stack of correspondence between two Chinese lovers and is given little context [...]

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‘Lock In’: Sci-fi novel transports to new world

“Lock In” (Tor, 336 pages, $24.99) features an eager rookie FBI agent tackling his first case with his hard-bitten, world-weary partner. It’s a fairly standard setup, but in John Scalzi’s new novel, the rookie is not wh [...]

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Urrea to receive Paul Engle prize

Luis Alberto Urrea has been named the third recipient of the Paul Engle Prize by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization.

The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit [...]

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Book bag: Coralville library inspires book series

Fans of children’s author Dori Hillestad Butler’s 2011 Edgar Award winning mystery series, “The Buddy Files,” will celebrate the recent release of the first two books in her latest mystery series for children, “T [...]

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