Monday, November 1, 2010

The Writing University is pleased to announce the release of a new iPhone app which focuses on the writing tradition of Iowa City and the University of Iowa.

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature app - 'City of Lit’ - features information on Iowa City's rich literary history, highlighting authors and local sites of interest. Visitors can guide themselves around town in literary style -- the app offers maps of Iowa City, with embedded electronic 'brass plaques,' indicating a variety of unique locations: where historic readings took place, where authors wrote and lived, as well as the legendary taverns and haunts where writers gathered to argue and discuss. Author profiles, biographical and bibliographic information are complemented with audio and video clips.

In addition to this, the app features “News” and “Events” tabs that are constantly updated with reports from Iowa City: goings-on around town, readings, book launches, films and lectures. New authors and materials will be frequently added to the app. Additional interactive features are planned for future updates of the app.

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature iPhone app is the inaugural project of The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team, an interdisciplinary group of University of Iowa faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students from the Departments of English and Computer Science; the Schools of Library and Information Science, and Art and Art History; and the staff of the Virtual Writing University.

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