Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Times Club in Iowa City

The Times Club
Originally uploaded by ricklibrarian.
Iowa City is literarily a pretty interesting place. I knew about the Iowa Writer's Workshop, which began in 1936. Scores of famous novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, and nonfiction authors have attended the workshop. I did not know about the Times Club until I read about it in an exhibit about the Writer's Workshop in the basement of the Old State Capitol. We then found the room in the Prairie Lights Bookstore. It is now a coffee shop and deli, which is somewhat in keeping with the history of the room that was visited by the likes of Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, and e. e. cummings, as well as artists like Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. The room is a historically inspiring place to read.

The Prairie Lights Bookstore has racks full of famous author postcards for sale. I have not seen them anywhere else.

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