Serving Iowa Students for over eighty years, Iowa Book is a locally owned independent bookstore, that also offers Hawkeye apparel and gifts. They are a landmark one-of-a-kind bookstore across the street from the Old Capitol in Iowa City.
Prairie Lights is an intimate local bookstore in Iowa City that includes three and a half floors, and a coffee house located in the same space that the local literary society met throughout the 1930's, hosting writers Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, e e cummings and others. Gertrude Stein and friend Alice B. Toklas were scheduled for a reading but were sleeted in at Waukesha airport -- or so the story goes. Prairie Lights is one of the centers of the literary community in town.
Abraham Verghese in Prairie Lights Bookstore
Abraham Verghese reading, 2009
Cathy Park Hong and Joyelle McSweeney reading, Live from Prairie Lights
James Tate on Iowa City and Prairie Lights Bookstore
John D'Agata reading, Live from Prairie Lights, February 22, 2012