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We love to read! We know many of you do too. That's why we created a book club at Iowa Public Radio. Hear about the themes, characters and big picture questions raised by the titles on our reading list. Get a copy of the books, find a comfortable chair, and read or re-read with us.

Most Recent Episodes

Jane Smiley's take on 'King Lear' still resonates with Iowa audiences 30 years after its release

On this episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club, host Charity Nebbe speaks with author Jane Smiley, the A Thousand Acres opera director, Kristine McIntyre, and author Mary Swander.

Jane Smiley's take on 'King Lear' still resonates with Iowa audiences 30 years after its release

T.C. Boyle on novels, short stories and hope

Host Charity Nebbe talks with the prolific, best-selling writer about his work and whether he's hopeful about the future.

T.C. Boyle on novels, short stories and hope

Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah: Breaking down barriers and keeping stories alive

Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Thomas and Beulah" with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and expert readers for this April meeting of the Talk of Iowa Book Club.

Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah: Breaking down barriers and keeping stories alive

When COVID came to Okoboji

Host Charity Nebbe talks with medical anthropologist and Iowa Native Emily Mendenhall about her new book Unmasked: COVID, Community and the Case of Okoboji.

Poetry collection explores trauma and wellness in a Cincinnati neighborhood

Charity Nebbe talks with Emily Spencer (now known as E. Yetunde Ahn,) about her award-winning poetry collection "East Walnut Hills."

Poetry collection explores trauma and wellness in a Cincinnati neighborhood

New book explores the radical power of personal narrative

Host Charity Nebbe talks with memoirist Melissa Febos about her new book, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

New book explores the radical power of personal narrative

Stegner's last novel celebrates life's changes

Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Cross to Safety," with expert readers.

Stegner's last novel celebrates life's changes

Author Lee Cole hopes for empathy while exploring division

Lee Cole's debut novel Groundskeeping explores the political, socioeconomic and educational divisions that we're all too familiar with. But, Cole says he hopes readers realize we have more in common than we think.

Author Lee Cole hopes for empathy while exploring division

Irving novel questions how we define family

Charity Nebbe and a panel of expert readers discuss John Irving's The Cider House Rules.

Irving novel questions how we define family

Octavia Butler's 1979 sci-fi, historical fiction novel is still relevant today

Host Charity Nebbe and expert readers discuss Octavia Butler's "Kindred."

Octavia Butler's 1979 sci-fi, historical fiction novel is still relevant today