Iowa Talks, Live Broadcast from Java House
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m.
KSUI Host Ben Kieffer will interview several conference presenters, including Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory at the National Archives and Records Administration, and parchment maker Jesse Meyer.The Java House is located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The broadcast can also be heard via our web streaming at by clicking on “Listen to WSUI”.

Half-day Walking Tours (Optional)
Friday, July 22,1-4 p.m & Monday, July 25, 9-noon.

Participants can sign-up for half-day tours at the conference site during registration.

  • Self-guided tour of bookstores: This is your opportunity to peruse our local and diverse bookstores, including Prairie Lights Bookstore, and used bookstores Northside Book Market, Murphy-Brookfield Books, the Haunted Bookstore, and the Book Shop. For a preview, visit this article on Iowa City's community of used bookstores. A map will be provided to you to aid you on your bookish venture.
  • Local private binderies & studios: Iowa City hand bookbinders, book artists and calligrapher will welcome you on a (semi-shuttled) walking studio tour. The participants include Black Bird Bindery (Penny McKean) Naughty Dog Press (Emily Martin), the bindery of former Bill Anthony apprentice, Larry Yerkes and studio of calligrapher Cheryl Jacobsen.

Reading/Roundtable at Prairie Lights
Saturday, July 23 5-6 p.m.
15 S. Dubuque Street, Downtown Iowa City
Tent Show Presenter Candle Light Press will be featured at Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City. Many of Candle Lights authors and creators will be there to talk about their books, POD and what it's like to be a really small publisher.

Conference Banquet
Saturday, July 23,
7-9 p.m.
Iowa Memorial Union
Featuring John Dean as Banquet Speaker.

UI Center for the Book Open House
Sunday, July 24 late afternoon,
4-5 p.m.
North Hall

Conference participants will have an opportunity to tour UICB facilities, including the Fine Press, Type Kitchen, and Kolarik Bookbinding Studio. UICB Student work will be on display. There will be opportunities for prospective students to interview for the program.

Iowa Style Picnic
Sunday, July 24, 5-7 p.m.
Wheelroom patio, Iowa Memorial Union

Full Day Tours
Monday, July 25, 8am-4pm
Interested participants must pre-register for full day tours on their conference registration form.

Enjoy an inside look at the three innovative divisions of Library Binding Service. You will tour the LBS parent division to understand the materials and equipment used to produce library bindery endpapers. Next the Corporate Image division will present its printing and designing technologies for production of corporate publications. Finally we will tour the Archival Products division to see production of elegant preservation enclosures.

  • Historical printing tour

UICB Historical Printing Studio. Here you will see three machines in action, each representing an important era of printing from metal type. The Reliance iron press represents the early centuries of letterpress printing. The Star Kelsey jobber recalls the work of innumerable small town trades people who printed everything from flour sacks to wedding announcements. The Model 31 Linotype line setting and casting machine commemorates the technology and operators who produced daily newspapers and popular books at lightning speed.

Participants will then be taken to Denmark, Iowa, to witness the home and facilities of Larry Raid's "Linotype University."



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