Iowa City Book Festival

The 13th Annual Iowa City Book Festival is taking a hybrid approach to their schedule, with virtual events interwoven with in-person readings as well as a variety of other programming outside of the literary sphere. Things technically kick off on Thursday, Oct. 14, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster’s AuthorFest, with a virtual conversation with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Events not to miss include a chance to explore the various offerings of the Writers’ Rooms, a series of themed community writing groups; Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Julie Hanson and Marc Rahe at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; and the final in-person literature event of the festival, Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart with Iowa’s first Student Poet Ambassador, Shreya Khullar, who attends West High in Iowa City. The hybrid nature of the event opens the festival offerings to a wider audience both within Iowa City and across the country.