Posted on March 30, 2010 by Benjamin David Steele
UNESCO has given my hometown of Iowa City the grand title of City of Literature.
Its UNESCO’s third Literary City in the world (following Edinburgh and Melbourne), and the first Literary City in the US. Quite an achievement for a small midwestern town. Sadly, at the same time, Live from Prairie Lights will no longer be broadcast by NPR. Prairie Lights
is an independent bookstore that has hosted the readings of many famous writers for almost two decades.
The main reason that Iowa City was chosen is because of the local Writer’s Workshop. It began in 1936 and I’ve heard its the oldest in the world. Many well known writers have lived here, and the town is filled with aspiring writers of course.
After a year of multiple tragedies, this is a nice positive to end the year with.
Filed under: Personal, Sociopolitical Tagged: | City of Literature, Iowa, Iowa City, Prairie Lights, UNESCO, Writer's Workshop