25
May

City of Literature

In the fall of 2008, just a few months after the massive flood that devastated our arts campus, Iowa City received a singular honor and a great boost to morale: we were named a UNESCO City of Literature—only the third metropolis (after Edinburgh and Melbourne) to receive that coveted designation, and now one of twenty...
Read More
23
May

Coffee Shops

Iowa City is known for its writers, but all those poets and novelists need a place to work. That’s why Iowa City has one of the best coffee scenes I’ve seen in the United States. Downtown Iowa City Java House: The Iowa City classic. Visit once during your time here to pick up great coffee...
Read More
23
May

Conference Seminars (Part 3)

In April, Ellen Cordes focused on the development of a seminar post-acceptance. What is that process like for a seminar organizer? Our seminar, “Getting What You Want: Financial Advocacy for Financial Resources,” started as a Twitter thread in April 2016. I put out a call after seeing the 2016 Seminar Committee meeting minutes from ALA...
Read More
18
May

Dinner Options

Dinner in Iowa City—goodness, where to begin?! You should really plan to arrive a week or two early so that you’ll have time to sample more of our culinary offerings! If you are staying in the Sheraton or the Vetro Hotels, you will have no trouble stumbling upon the many and varied restaurant options in...
Read More
16
May

Restaurants with Local History

Pubs A longtime hangout for the literary crowd, The Mill Restaurant is worth a visit. It began life several decades ago as an Italian-style restaurant, but has since migrated toward pub food. Notable entrees are the Denver sandwich and The Mill’s famous egg-special sandwich. The Mill also has a reputation for supporting local and regional musicians....
Read More
11
May

Boutique Shopping

Iowa City may be a small town, but our boutiques bring big-city shopping to Eastern Iowa. High End Clothing and Accessories Catherine’s: The owner dotes on you as you shop for jewelry made from semi-precious gemstones, accessories from Clare Vivier, or clothing from prestigious lines such as Citizens of Humanity, Equipment, Joie, Mother, Velvet, and...
Read More
11
May

Tips for Navigating the RBMS Conference

The Membership and Professional Development Committee is delighted to extend a special welcome to new members attending the upcoming 2017 RBMS Conference, “The Stories We Tell,” held in Iowa City, Iowa, June 20-23. We realize that it can be overwhelming to attend your first RBMS conference. In addition to participating in the M&PD new member...
Read More
9
May

Activities for New Members

The Membership and Professional Development Committee is delighted to extend a special welcome to new members attending the upcoming 2017 RBMS Conference, “The Stories We Tell,” held in Iowa City, Iowa, June 20-23. M&PD hosts a number of activities for new members designed to introduce you to the conference, to our organization, and to other...
Read More