Books

Author profile: International Writers Program alum Josephine Rowe takes comfort in doing things differently

Australian author Josephine Rowe is comfortable doing things a bit differently. Most fiction writers avoid poetry; Rowe regularly blends it with her f ...

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Review: ‘Across The China Sea’

In some ways the second novel from Norwegian author Gaute Heivoll is like his remarkable debut work, #x201c;Before I Burn.#x201d; Both follow the cour ...

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Author Profile: Cedar Rapids native says fears, hard work drive his stories

Cedar Rapids serves as the setting for a number of Keith Lesmeister's short stories in his debut collection, #x201c;We Could've Been Happy Here.#x201d ...

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Iowa author uses Cedar Rapids as backdrop in collection

Keith Lesmeister, who grew up in Cedar Rapids and now lives in Decorah and teaches at Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College, has penned ...

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Review: ‘The Clockwork Dynasty’

The cover of #x201c;The Clockwork Dynasty#x201d; is dark and haunting and promises a bit of steampunk flair. Steampunk often allows readers to explore ...

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Review: ‘The Sunshine Sisters’

Jane Green is a leading author for those looking for laughter, a bit of drama, and a touch of romance. She is the queen of women's fiction and has a l ...

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Bold biographies: Cedar Rapids author pens kids book of daring females who made history

Linda Skeers knows a lot of daring women. The proof is in her new book of biographies - geared toward readers ages 8 to 14 - "Women Who Dared: 52 Sto ...

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Review: ‘The Book of Emma Reyes’

'The Book of Emma Reyes#x201d; is the remarkable memoir of Colombian painter and intellectual Emma Reyes, who overcame a harrowing childhood to become ...

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Celebrate the 125 years of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most famous of all fictional detectives. As British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote, Sherlock Holmes' busine ...

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How to get kids to look away from their screens and take pleasure in books

In the summer, there were lots of excuses: Camp, the pool, the beach, lazy days when it didn't seem so bad if your kids were still in their pajamas an ...

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Review: “The Dark Net” proves terrifying

In Benjamin Percy's new novel, #x201c;The Dark Net,#x201d; malicious code isn't limited to our devices anymore. Instead, it can leap from those device ...

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Review: Author debut creates page-turning thriller in “Are You Sleeping”

'Are You Sleeping,#x201d; the debut novel from Galesburg native Kathleen Barber, has all the components of a summer thriller - a murder, a mystery, a ...

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Author Mike Bayles turned to writing after the death of his dad

Mike Bayles sees his work as an opportunity to use his experiences and observations to help others. In this e-interview, he discusses #x201c;Breakfast ...

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Review: Tale offers insight into a son’s struggle in ‘Breakfast at the Good Hope Home”

Author Mike Bayles, a lifelong Midwesterner who attended college at both Iowa State and Northern Iowa, has penned a fictionalized account of losing hi ...

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Review: ‘How to Change a Life” is a lighthearted look at growing older, apart

Three Chicago freshmen meet on the first day of school in English class and become the best of friends, thanks to their beloved teacher, Mrs. O'Conner ...

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