Iowa Bibliophiles

Iowa BibliophilesEach meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles has an invited guest speaking about an aspect of book history or collecting featuring their collections or materials from Special Collections. Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 pm, with the evening’s talk starting at 7:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Reading Room is on the third floor of the University of Iowa Main Library, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, Iowa City. Meetings will generally last for an hour.

All meetings are free and open to the public.



2019-2020 Schedule (More details about each talk to come)


September 2019 – “Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ and Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’: A Dialogue Between Art and Literature” with curators of the new Reading Room exhibit Dr. Anna Barker, Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, and Joyce Tsai, Curator at the Stanley Museum of Art.

October 2019 –“The Man Who Loved Poe: Thomas O. Mabbott–Collector, Scholar, Fan” with Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture at Special Collections.

Balestrieri explores the legacy of the editor of Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe and book collector Thomas Ollive Mabbott by diving into the Mabbott Poe collection at University of Iowa Libraries.

November 2019 –“European Voyages, Travels, Explorations, Conquests, and Settlements in Unknown Lands as Recounted in Books Published and Printed 1532-1633” with Arthur Bonfield, The Allan D. Vestal Chair, University of Iowa School of Law

December 2019 – “My Life with Paper* (A most rewarding ride, with only a few diversions)” with director of UICB Tim Barrett.

Join Tim Barrett, director of the UI Center for the Book and papermaking specialist, as he recounts his 47 year engagement in the craft, science, history and aesthetics of handmade paper.

February 2020 – “The Photobook: Heavy Hits and New Trends” with David Johnson, visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at the University of Iowa

Join David Johnson as he discusses some of the essential historical photobooks within Special Collections and the direction of contemporary photobook publishing using his personal collection. Drawing on his own experience, David will introduce the process of photobook publishing and collecting.

Cancelled April , 2020New Acquisitions Open House with Margaret Gamm and Special Collections staff

Postponed May 2020, new time TBD – “Around the Library Table: An Evening with Luther Brewer and Leigh Hunt” with Olson Graduate Assistant, Laura Michelson.

 Learn more about Luther Brewer, the Cedar Rapids printer who collected Huntiana in the 1920s and Leigh Hunt, the Romantic era English writer and critic best known as a friend to “the famous.”







Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Elizabeth Riordan at in advance of the event.

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