Iowa’s Claim to Prize-Winning Authors

Iowa's Claim to Prize-Winning Authors

Nov 15, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Conference Room B Council Bluffs Public Library


Presented by Kurt Meyer of Humanities Iowa.

Among the distinguished authors with an Iowa connection are Pulitzer Prize winners Hamlin Garland (1860-1940) and Edna Ferber (1885-1968). Both spent significant childhood years in Iowa – Garland in northeast Iowa, and Ferber in Ottumwa. And both drew on their Iowa backgrounds throughout prolific writing careers.

Kurt Meyer’s presentation will introduce people to these two often-overlooked/forgotten authors: their lives, their major works, their pioneering careers, and their importance in the literary world, during their prime years as well as today. Although they led very different lives, Meyer will focus on shared talents that made them successful and the personal and professional qualities they held in common. Using Garland and Ferber as examples, Meyer will also suggest informal ways that Iowans can encourage and promote future generations of Pulitzer Prize winners.

This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed society.