The weekend features author presentations, children’s book character meet-and-greets, a book fair, recognition of student writing and more, nearly all of it free and open to the public.
The weekend begins with the annual “Once Upon a Time” banquet at the Sheraton Iowa City, on Friday, January 17. That event features a keynote presentation by bestselling children’s author and illustrator Loren Long, creator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series, and illustrator of President Barack Obama’s Letter to My Daughters: Of Thee I Sing and the newest edition of the classic The Little Engine that Could.
In addition, the evening will feature readings by one student from each Iowa City area elementary school, including all Iowa City Community School District schools, Willowwind and Regina. These 21 students were hand-picked by their schools to participate in the event. Thanks to sponsorship by Terry Lockridge & Dunn and World Trend Financial, each participating school will receive a free table for students and guests to attend the event.
Saturday, January 18, features readings by Long and other popular children’s authors, skits, music and a book fair. Events will be held in the Sheraton Iowa City ballroom and the Iowa City Public library from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. Attendees are eligible for door prizes.
Presenting authors include Loren Long, Sarah Aronson, Laura Purdie Salas, Brian Farrey, and Katherine House.
Two events on Saturday offer older students the chance to work with professionals to create and polish their own creations. Comic Book Confidential, a comic book workshop featuring Eric Gapstur, Aaron Gillespie, and Phil Hester, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Carver Room by Share in the Sheraton, the trio will share highlights from their own portfolios and then guide participants through the process of transforming an idea into a comic. Comic Book Confidential is for students in grades 5 and up; pre-registration is required. Visit www.onebooktwobook.org/comic-book-confidential/ to sign up today.
The Junior High Writing Jam will bring together seventh and eighth grade students to share ideas and be inspired. Held from noon to 2 p.m. at Fair Grounds Café at 345 S. Dubuque, this event is moderated by the Youth Writing Project and will feature visiting authors Sarah Aronson (Head Case; Beyond Lucky; and Believe) and Brian Farrey (The Vengekeep Prophesies series; With or Without You). ; Pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.onebooktwobook.org/writing-jam/ to sign up today.
Sunday, January 19, brings “Write Out Loud,” a celebration of student authors that will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Hundreds of students in grades 1-8 wrote one-page pieces for the festival, and the best will be recognized at this special new event.
Two students from each grade will be honored for “excellence” in one of the following
categories, The Write Stuff and From the Heart, and they will read their work on stage. Other student “Writers of Distinction” will be recognized and are eligible for door prizes.
Refreshments will be served as this event, which also is free and open to the public.
Volunteers still are needed for Friday and Saturday events. Visit http://bit.ly/1B2Bvolunteers for more information or to sign up.
Support for the festival comes from the Pearson Foundation, Terry, Lockridge & Dunn, World Trend Financial, ACT, Hills Bank, Sheraton Iowa City, and Pearson.
For more information on the One Book Two Book festival presented by the Pearson Foundation, please visit www.onebooktwobook.org or contact the City of Literature office at (319) 887-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.