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.
From City Guide: Iowa City by Jan Weissmiller:
Around the corner from Prairie Lights, on the corner of Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street, is Iowa Book (8 South Clinton), which hosts readings during the Iowa City Book Festival, held in July, and holds signings throughout the year. If you wind your way past the myriad racks of Hawkeye T-shirts and take the stairs down to the trade book section, you’ll find another one of America’s greatest booksellers, Matt Lage. Paul and I regularly regale Matt with our newest opinions only because we welcome both his tributes and his tirades.
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
Ana Merino, Horacio Castellanos Moya and Luis Muñoz read at Prairie Lights Bookstore
Cathy Park Hong and Joyelle McSweeney reading, Live from Prairie Lights
Horacio Castellanos Moya reading, 2010 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor