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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, and Film Scene are pleased to announce that author Lauren Markham will offer a lecture with book signing, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m. in 240 Art Building West (ABW), UI campus.  Markham will discuss the 2019, One Community, One Book :The Far Away Brothers.  See below for other OCOB events.  

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This year’s selection tells the  story of identical twin brothers who are forced to leave their home in El Salvador under the brutal conditions of war and violence. They make their way to Oakland, California where they have to adjust to their new lives. 

Markham’s storytelling captures rich and nuanced insight into the migrant experience. Of the book, The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior writes, “The Far Away Brothers is impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed. Markham brings people and places to rumbling life; she has that rare ability to recreate elusive, subjective experiences...without taking undue liberties.”

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 OCOB programming will include a visit from author Lauren Markham on October 4, 2019, as well as a series of community book discussions. This year’s OCOB author visit and activities are co-sponsored by Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

Schedule of Events 

Sept. 19: Community book discussion hosted by North Liberty Community Library, 6 p.m. at La Vecina Restaurante211 E 9th St #135, Coralville, IA 52241(Iowa River Landing). 

Sept. 23: Pilot Book Club discussion, 7 p.m. at the Arc,  2620 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240. 

Sept. 30:  film screening of El Norte with panel discussion, 5 p.m. at FilmScene118 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Oct. 4: Lauren Markham visit to Liberty High School.

Oct. 4: Lauren Markham lecture with book signing, 7 p.m. at 240 Art Building West (ABW), UI campus.

Oct. 5: “We, The Interwoven” panel discussion with Iowa Writer’s House and Lauren Markham, 10 a.m. at Masonic Lodge, 312 E College St # 300, Iowa City, IA 52240.

October 17: Faraway Brothers book discussion; 7 p.m at the Coralville Public Library, Library Board Room.