For the Literary Lover
What began in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore is now one of the most recognizable places in Iowa City. Begin your literary adventure at Prairie Lights, which spans three and a half floors, the top of which houses a coffee shop in the very same space Carl Sandberg, Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings and others met at the local literary society in the 1930’s. With a diverse selection of books and weekly author readings, the store has been described as a “little unexpected treasure.”
From there, you’re in prime location to stroll the Iowa Avenue and North Linn Street Literary Walk. This presents the history of this City of Literature in the form of bronze panels, including quotes and information about each writer and his or her connection to Iowa. Information booklets are available at Prairie Lights and Iowa Book.
Just a short stroll south will lead you to the Iowa City Public Library, with collections and materials to satisfy all interests in the form of books, videos, eCollections, art prints and interactive media. Then stop in to Bread Garden Market for a quick lunch, with fresh selections from the hot bar. From there, walk a few more blocks to the west to find the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery. It has rotating exhibits each year, including Dada Centennial and Iowa Underground Press in 2017.