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.

3 thoughts on “Iowa City Book Festival Announces 2010 Date

  1. Hello,

    My name is Patrick Mader, an elementary teacher and children’s picture book author. I have presented at over 70 schools, public libraries, and civic organizations in the past four years and would like to be considered as a presenter for children’s books at the Iowa City Book Festival in 2010.
    To establish my credibility, I have presented at the Minnesota Educational Media Organization (school librarians) in 2006, 2007, and 2008; the North Dakota Library Association in 2007; Mason City Public Library in 2009; Minnesota Library Association in 2007; Hamline University in 2009; Bloomington Writers’ Festival in 2008 and 2009; and Young Writers’ Workshop in 2008. Please visit our website, http://www.patrickmader.com for testimonials from public librarians and school media specialists that refer to my engaging and dynamic presentations.
    If possible, please forward the necessary information on how to submit a proposal to your organization for review.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Mader
    Northfield, MN
    507-645-9309

  2. LAST YEAR THERE WERE SEVERAL TABLES WITH VENDORS SELLING USED BOOKS. IF YOU ARE INCLUDING THE USED BOOK TABLES, I WOULD LIKE INFO ON THE COST TO RENT THE SPACE, ETC.
    THE BOOK FAIR WAS REALLY COOL LAST YEAR!!!

  3. Hi Kristi and Greg,

    Hope all is well as you prepare for the 2010 Festival.

    I’m the coauthor of “The Last Lecture” with Randy Pausch, “Highest Duty” with Capt. Sully Sullenberger, and I’m also the author of “The Girls from Ames” — a book about a lifelong friendship of 11 women in Ames, Iowa. All three books were NYT bestsellers in 2009, and two of them will be out in paperback in 2010. Here’s a link to my bio for details:

    http://www.girlsfromames.com/the-author/

    I’d be happy to consider coming to this year’s festival to speak about my recent books, especially the Ames book, if that is of interest to you. My presentations are very moving and entertaining, and include short, powerful video clips related to the books. My contact info is below. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions, and the books’ publicists can send you copies if you need them.

    In any case, good luck with all the planning!

    Best wishes,

    Jeff Zaslow

    My contact info:

    Jeffrey Zaslow
    The Wall Street Journal
    2000 Town Center Suite 750
    Southfield, Mich. 48075
    248-204-5514
    jeff.zaslow@wsj.com

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