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Live from Prairie Lights | Claudia McGehee's Iowa River Frost Fair

Saturday, December 9, 2023 11:00am
Prairie Lights Books
Please join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Claudia McGehee's Iowa River Frost Fair (an event in name inspired by medieval artisan fairs held on the frozen river Thames in London, home to Claudia’s ancestors!). Iowa City based Illustrator/Author Claudia will sign her new 2024 Engagement Calendars, copies of her beloved illustrated books, and we will have lots of her new holiday cards and prints on hand! All who stop by will receive a small Frost Fair paper gift.   Claudia McGehee is a local...

Live from Prairie Lights | Andy Douglas reading

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Iowa City author Andy Douglas will read from Songs of the New Dawn: Selected song-poems of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. The poems are in the vein of Rumi or Hafiz, speaking of the divine energy flowing through all creation. The book also features 20 full-page illustrations by artist Kindle Corwell, depicting subtle aspects of the poems, bringing out their beauty even more. This event will feature poetry reading, a display of art from the book, and music from multi-instrumentalist Craig Klocke and...

Live from Prairie Lights | Mary Pipher in conversation with Patricia Foster Virtual event- A Life in Light

Thursday, December 14, 2023 7:00pm
Please join us on Zoom for a special reading and conversation with best-selling author Mary Pipher and Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program Professor Emerita Patricia Foster, who will talk about A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence. To attend this virtual event, REGISTER HERE. In this luminous memoir in essays, Mary Pipher—as she did in her New York Times bestseller Women Rowing North—taps into a cultural moment, to offer wisdom, hope, and insight into loss and change. Drawing from her own...
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