Prairie Lights bookstore is a wonderful and historic place and the perfect launching point to begin your visit to the World City of Literature, Iowa City. There is something there for every age group and a section of the bookstore is devoted to local writers. The bookstore also regularly hosts live readings by outstanding authors. These readings are broadcast live over the web and archived.
The upstairs cafe is in the same space where writers such as Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and ee cummings used to meet together, in decades past, to talk about literature. The cafe is a great place to relax, read, and enjoy a delicious snack. We loved the coffee, hot chocolate, excellent cheese plate, and freshly baked cookies.
Make sure to purchase The Iowa Avenue Literary Walk booklet before heading down one block to the famed sidewalks. It is a detailed guide to Iowa City’s literary “walk of fame” and describes each writer’s history and connection to Iowa. It’s very reasonably priced and a great souvenir.
After browsing and enjoying a treat, walk down a short half black to the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. Beyond Prairie Lights, there are additional restaurants, bookstores, and buildings which are connected to the literary history of the city. Enjoy your stay in this fantastic college town.
The Prairie Lights Bookstore is the final stop on our Iowa Trail!
Rebecca Blake Beech