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Prairie Lights to Donate Portion of Profit of The Help book sales to ICBF

Prairie Lights and the Iowa City Public Library will co-sponsor Kathryn Stockett reading from her novel The Help from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 2 in Room A at ICPL. Doors open at 1 p.m. Space is limited.

Find out more about Stockett, and her first novel, The Help, at her Web site, http://www.kathrynstockett.com.

Stockett will be signing her book after the reading and copies will be available to purchase through on-site sales from Prairie Lights Bookstore. Signing time will be limited due to Kathryn Stockett’s schedule. Priority will be given to books purchased for the event.

Half the profits from books sold at the event will go towards funding for The Iowa City Book Festival, July 16-18th. For more information about The Book Festival, visit www.iowacitybookfestival.org.

For more information about this event, contact the Iowa City Public Library Fiction Desk at 356-5200, option 4; or e-mail fiction@icpl.org. Contact Prairie Lights Bookstore (Jan Weissmiller) at 319-337-2681.

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Iowa City Book Festival seeks participants, vendors for July 16-18 event

The 2010 Iowa City Book Festival is set for July 16-18, expanding the event from a one-day event to a three-day festival, which organizers hope will attract an even larger crowd after a successful start in 2009.

To accomplish that goal, organizers are asking local businesses to participate with programming and activities in their places of business on Sunday, July 18, which will be “A Day in the City of Literature” in Iowa City. Among the various activities envisioned are: author events and signings in area bookstores; book-related crafts/projects/materials highlighted in local businesses; open studios hosted by book artists; a walking tour of bookstores; activities for all ages at the Iowa City Public Library; appearances by food writers in restaurants; and book festival specials in local shops and restaurants.

On Saturday, July 17, festival activities will be held once again in Gibson Square outside the UI Main Library’s south entrance on the university campus, and will be a mix of booksellers, a small music stage, children’s activities, food vendors, book arts demonstrations and readings and panel discussions. The University of Iowa Libraries will host a pre-festival author dinner on Friday, July 16, in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.

The UI Libraries sponsors the event with support from the UI Press, Iowa City Public Library, UI Center for the Book and Prairie Lights Bookstore. With additional support from the UNESCO City of Literature and the Iowa City/Coralville Area  Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year, festival organizers are working toward turning the Iowa City Book Festival into a major Midwest summer attraction, says Kristi Bontrager, festival co-director.

Businesses and organizations can submit their interest and/or proposal online at http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/call.html.

Information about events and participating businesses will be included in an official program, which will be distributed before the festival throughout Eastern Iowa, will appear on the festival Web site, and will be available at the Gibson Square portion of the Iowa City Book Festival on Saturday, July 17.

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Iowa City Book Festival Announces 2010 Date

The Iowa City Book Festival, a celebration of books, reading and writing presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Hosted in Gibson Square outside the Main Library’s south entrance on the University campus, the Festival will be a mix of booksellers, a small music stage, children’s activities, food vendors, book arts demonstrations, and readings and panel discussions.

The planning committee has already begun work on next summer’s festivities. Members of the committee include: Kristi Bontrager and Greg Prickman from the UI Libraries as ICBF Co-Directors; Tim Barrett, UI Center for the Book, hands-on activities; Chris Clark, UI Libraries, music coordinator; Debb Green, Iowa City Public Library, kids’ programming; Jim McCoy, UI Press, book vendors and programming; Lisa McDaniels, UI Libraries, food vendors and programming; Allison Means, UI Press, public relations and marketing; Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights Book Store, programming.

Again this year, the Libraries will host a pre-festival Author Dinner on Friday, July 16 in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library. Authors participating in the Festival will be attending.

To see photos from the 2009 Iowa City Book Festival and keep up-to-date on planning for the upcoming festival, please check our website www.iowacitybookfestival.org.