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CALENDAR: Iowa City Book Festival!

Come see for yourself why Iowa City is one of just 7 Cities of Literature in the world during the Iowa City Book Festival, 3 days of readings (including Jane Smiley on Oct. 5), literary events, and books, books, books, Oct. 3-5 •  Amana Colonies hosts its annual Oktoberfest with German food, music, costumes, and more Oct. 3-5 ... read more


1st Fridays Art Walk is this Friday, Oct. 3—come for the beer garden, German music, weiner dog races, carriage rides, and more during Oktoberfest •  Head to Cedar Valley Winery on Saturday, October 4 for the 5K Run the Vines ... read more

Jane Smiley

Ernie Hinkle

Tales from the Life of an Extraordinary 90-Year-Old

Meet a local grower who's managed to play many roles—from auctioneer and beekeeper to mayor and truck driver—and whose kindness has affected so many ... read more

ernie hinkle

TV Reviews: Oct. 1-7

A to Z: The Things We Did For Love

This new sitcom tells the story of a modern romance, with a wonderful cast of quirky characters and just the right mix of reality and fantasy .... read more


cristin milioti

A Coming-of-Age Movie

Boyhood: Growing Up on Film

Richard Linklater's Boyhood tracks the same actors over 12 years—a simple device that makes for a deeply moving film. It opens this Friday in Fairfield at the Orpheum Theater. ... read more


Do-si-do & Allemande Left ...

Fairfield's Square Dance Revival

Caller Robin Ragen of Ottumwa has been instrumental in teaching a new group in dancers the basic moves of square dancing.   ... read more

robin ragen

Another Jokester's Holiday

When Comics Travel, Everything's Fodder for Jokes

The Trip to Italy is a lot like Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's earlier movie, The Trip, but it all happens in scenic Italy ... read more

trip to italy

Crispy Clerihews

Paul Ingram Takes a Stab at . . . Clerihews?

The Prairie Lights proprietor has discovered a delightfully twisted form of poetry that he likes so much he wrote several hundred for his new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram ... read more

paul ingram

If You Build It ...

Field of Dreams: The 25th Anniversary

This Hollywood blockbuster holds up well 25 years after it first appeared nationwide in 1989. Here are five things that Field of Dreams gets right about Iowa ... read more

field of dreams

A Story of Community

Loop Trail Magic: A Breath of Fresh Air

Walk to work, walk for fun, walk for exercise: Who doesn't love a walking trail? Here's the story behind Fairfield's 16-mile walking/biking pathway.... read more


On the Wapsipinicon

Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Cedar Rock

Beginning May 21, you can tour the home, see the original furnishings that Wright chose himself, and visit the Wright-designed boathouse on the Wapsipinicon River ... read more

quasqueton, cedar rock

Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Visitors 
      I mowed the lawn, counterclockwise, In an ever-shrinking square, & When the square disappeared, I sat to rest and drank a bottle Of water.  While I was drinking, A male cardinal came to play In a pile of dried mulberry branches I had trimmed a few weeks prior. He yanked a li ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Summer Vacation 
    1968, the year of the assassins, We have come to the lake Where speedboats crush the waves. As the sun sets, the water-traffic Dwindles until it ceases all together, And the wavelets become calmer And quiet with each passing hour Until we fall asleep in our shore-side Cottages, and the lake ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • VERMONT, MAY 12, 2013 
    All of Believe, as if Believe were a city, County, or parish where we live, Although you might say, “That is impossible, Or ungrammatical,” then you might be warned You are either testing or breaking the spell, And who would want to do that? I am resting in a hotel in Vermont, and ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • It's a Gosh-Darned Interesting Thing to Say 
    Peacocks and turkeys.  They both fan Out their tail feathers.  I once Knew a woman who was chased by a turkey As she (the woman) walked through the woods. Have you ever been bullied by a peacock? The gooseberry wands droop Full of gooseberries.  The Mayapples Shyly hide their f ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Snow 
      It was snowing and the landscape was beginning to glow eerily with the blanket of whiteness.  * A winter sunset tinted the snow-covered plains lavender and filled one’s soul with a strange calm.   * In the haze the snowfall created, my father saw a figure cross ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Two Scenes in Late Winter 
     i. Feverish & QuakingI awoke this morning, and, having slippedFrom unconsciousness, feared returningTo a different kind of sleep From which there would be no waking.  My body radiated heat.  I trembled.  I took my medicine.I pulled back the curtain to watchThe morning light. ... by rustin READ MORE