Iowa City Book Festival this weekend

image Iowa City book festivalThe Iowa City Book Festival is a celebration of books, reading and writing presented by The University of Iowa Libraries.  Most of the book festival programs are free and many are appropriate for children.

Pick up a guide to the festival at the Hardin Library or see list of events online (


Programming about illness or medicine:

Saturday, July 14, 11:00am
Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Seamans Center
A Pocket Full of Posies, My Life with Cancer by Deborah Leistikow
Cancer as a comedy? Discover how humor trumps crying with illuminating self-reflection, candid treatment descriptions, tenacious optimism and smiles.

Saturday, July 14, 11:30am
Seamans Center Commons
Carol Scott-Conner and Mary Jane Nealon have both seen the inside of a hosptial room as medical caregivers.  Through fiction and nonfiction they share stories of sickness and health.’

Saturday, July 14, 2:00pm
Macbride Auditorium
Mary O’Connell introduces Sandanista Jones in her first novel, The Sharp Time.  Sandinista is an injured teen who experiences grief and loneliness during one week of her life.

Sunday, July 15, 11AM
321 North Hall/Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop
Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone, shares how her background in social work informs her fiction writing.