Historical fiction author Louis Bayard to speak about latest book Monday in I.C.
New York Times Notable Book author Louis Bayard will read from his new historical fiction novel, “Courting Mr. Lincoln.”
The book is about Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a young, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Historians have long speculated that Lincoln and Speed had a romantic relationship, and here Bayard explores that forbidden possibility.
Bayard has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include “The Pale Blue Eye” and the bestselling “Mr. Timothy.” His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult “Lucky Strikes.”
Bayard lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University.
If you go
Louis Bayard, 7 p.m. Monday at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.
Ed Pavlic, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Pavlic will read from “Another Kind of Madness.” Pavlic is author of seven collections of poems and two critical books. His most recent works are “Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric, and the Listener,” and “Let’s Let that are Not Yet: Inferno.” He lives in Athens, Georgia, and teaches in the doctoral program in Creative Writing/English at the University of Georgia.
Jill Esbaum, 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Esbuam has written dozens of ficiton and non-fiction books for young children and will be reading a few of them aloud.
Chad Abushanab and Kam Hilliard, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Iowa City poets Chad Abushanab and Kam Hilliard will read from their recent poetry collections. Abushanab is the author of “The Last Visit,” winner of the 2018 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Abushanab earned his PhD in literature and creative writing at Texas Tech University. He is an associate editor at Iron Horse Literary Review. Writers’ Workshop student Kam Hilliard is the author of the chapbooks “Perceived Distance from Impact” and “Distress Tolerance.” Hilliard serves as a poetry editor for Jellyfish Magazine, and is a member of the Big Lucks chapbook editorial squad. Hilliard studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Leslie Carol Roberts, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Roberts will read from her new essay collection, “Here is Where I Walk: Episodes From a Life in the Forest.” Roberts also the author of “The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica.” She is professor and chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.
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Sleuths-R-Us Book Club, 6 to 7 p.m. at M & M Books, 212 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids. Discuss “Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delany.
Spanish MFA Graduate Reading, 5 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Jose Covo, Elisa Ferrer Molina, Ines Gallo de Urioste, Natalia Hernandez, Mariana Mazer and Angela Pico Pinto will share work from their theses. This event will be entirely in Spanish. A reception will follow in Prairie Lights Cafe.
Kristine Plum, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at M & M Books, 212 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids. Plum lives in Iowa, where she was born and raised, with her husband and son. Plum is the author of “The Maiden: Revelations.”
Iowa Chapbook Prize, 5 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. The Iowa Chapbook Prize is dedicated to capturing emerging voices among undergraduates currently enrolled in colleges or universities in the state of Iowa. Submissions are read, chosen, edited, and designed by the University of Iowa’s own undergraduate students enrolled in WRIT:3000 Publishing Practicum. During the prize’s production period, student-editors seek original work in any literary genre that is adventurous in form and content, precise in its language usage, effective in its ability to illicit emotional and intellectual investment from readers, purposeful in its presentation of characters and narration, and inclusive of underrepresented/marginalized voices. Through their selections, the editors aim to share work that brings new voices to the ever-expanding landscape of contemporary literature. Free copies of the winning manuscripts will be available while supplies last. A reception will follow in the café at 6 p.m.