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After parting ways early last week for the mid-residency travel period, which took one group of writers to New Orleans and another to San Francisco, the writers reconvened in Iowa City late Friday evening.  They needed a day to recover from the whirlwind tours which included readings, events centered around the rich literary and cultural traditions of these two great American cities, and, in the case of New Orleans, writers handling (and, in at least one instance, kissing) baby alligators. The writers could be found reading, writing, and enjoying a cup of coffee in the cafes of downtown Iowa City this weekend as they prepared for a packed schedule of upcoming literary events.

Join them as they hit the ground running on Monday, October 1st, with TJ Dema (Botswana) reading with Strange Cage at the historic Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City, 8pm-9pm. Entrance is free.

Then Tuesday, catch the latest installment of IWP Cinemathèque with Mohib Zegham (Afghanistan) presenting the 2003 film Osama, about a girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime who disguises herself as a boy to support her family, the first film to be shot entirely in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. E105 Adler Journalism Building, 7:30pm.

On Friday, join us for pizza at the Iowa City Public Library panel: “Writing in a Landscape” with Choi Myoung Sook (South Korea), Hae Yisoo (South Korea), and Andrei Khadanovich (Belarus). Geoff Dyer will moderate, Meeting Room A, noon-1pm.

After the panel, head over to Shambaugh House for a reading with Matias Correa (Chile) and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran). As always, light refreshments will be served, 5-6pm.

Finish off the week with us on Sunday, with Gulala Nouri (Iraq) and Rodrigo Lopes (Brazil), in his first public event of the residency, reading with Writers’ Workshop student Don Waters at Prairie Lights, 4-5pm. If you’re not in Iowa City, you can always stream it live.

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