Children’s author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator Larry Day will read from and show illustrations from their new book for young children, “Bim, Bam, Bop … and Oona” at 2 p.m. today at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.
Geared toward 3- to 7-year-olds, this read-aloud picture book features a little odd-duck-out who discovers her unique strengths.
Martin has published 21 books for children, including the 1999 Caldecott winner, “Snowflake Bentley.” Her book “Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Re-mix,” which she co-wrote with June Jo Lee, was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and a Sibert Honor book in 2018. “Creekfinding: A True Story,” illustrated with Claudia McGehee of Iowa City, was one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Best Books of 2017; it was the Green Earth Award winner in 2018 and a Riverby Award winner. Martin lives in Mount Vernon.
Day is the award-winning illustrator of many books, both fiction and non-fiction, including “Lion, Lion,” one of NPR’s Best Books, and “Not Afraid of Dogs,” winner of the Golden Kite Award. The Society of Illustrators has awarded Day three gold medals.
Day lives in Oak Park, Ill.
If you go
Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Larry Day, 2 p.m. today at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.
Pete Buttigieg, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is touring in support of his new memoir, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future.”
Barnes & Noble Book Club, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, and Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville. Discuss “The Last Romantics,” by Tara Conklin.
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Nickolas Butler, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Butler will read from his new book, “Little Faith,” where a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Butler is the author of “The Hearts of Men,” “Shotgun Lovesongs,” and the short-story collection “Beneath the Bonfire.”
Frye Gaillard, 7 p.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Gaillard, a journalist, will read from his recent book, “A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost.” Gaillard explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political, cultural and social movements of the times, from Malcolm X to Janis Joplin; from Gloria Steinem to James Baldwin. Gaillard also is the writer or editor of more than 25 books, including “Go South to Freedom,” and “The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Sleuths-R-Us Book Club, 6 p.m. at M & M Books, 212 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids. Discuss “Sins of Intent” by Randy Roeder.
Mark Conway and Adam Giannelli, 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Poets Mark Conway and Adam Giannelli will read from their new collections. Conway will read from “Rivers of the Driftless Region.” Conway also is the author of “Dreaming Man,” “Face Down,” and “Only City.” Giannelli will read from Tremulous Hinge, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Giannelli is the translator of a selection of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio, “Diadem.”
Karla Manternach, 10:30 a.m. at M & M Books, 212 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids her book, “Meena Meets Her Match.”
Self-Publishing Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon at Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. Local author Cynthia Petersen will talk through the steps it takes to self publish your own book with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.