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All Iowa Reads

Established in 2003, The All Iowa Reads program was one of the first programs provided by the Iowa Center for the Book.

The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. Libraries and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title.

This year's selection is The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown             The Rope Walk

Click here for information on the 2010 selection, Driftless.

Other titles have been:

  • 2008.  Digging to America by Anne Tyler

  • 2007.  Splendid Solution:  Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio by Jeffrey Kluger

  • 2006. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  • 2005. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

  • 2004. Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken

  • 2003. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Other titles considered for 2009

  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson

  • Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

  • Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison

  • Brother I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Criteria used to select the All Iowa Reads title

The Book must:

  1. Be available in paperback, large print and unabridged audio

  2. Lend itself to in-depth discussion and raise universal social issues relevant to Iowans

  3. Be accessible to adults and high school age youth

It is desirable, but not required, that the book:

  1. Have an Iowa or Midwest connection

  2. Is a recent publication that has not been widely read

For more information, contact the Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book.

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