The conference is being held in downtown Iowa City, and a short hike up the hill to the pedestrian mall will put you within reach of many restaurants. The University of Iowa Special Collections librarians did a wonderful breakdown of local eats for the RBMS conference held in Iowa City this past summer, and this guide borrows liberally from theirs, so thank to Amy Hildreth Chen, Margaret Gamm, Tim Shipe, and Colleen Theisen.
Here is a list of happenings October 10-17 in Iowa City.
This Midwest slogan t-shirt and collectibles shop is located on the Ped Mall. Their wares kinda speak for themselves.
This bookstore, in operation since 1978, is an Iowa City staple. Kid's book are in the basement, and there's a great cafe on the second floor. Many visiting authors leave signed copies for sale, and there should be several good readings over the weekend as part of the Iowa City Book Festival both at Prairie Lights and at Iowa City Public Library.
Iowa City's used bookshop is a great place to find your next read or to purchase puzzles and games for the upcoming winter months. Watch for the bookshop cats and observe all rules for playing the piano.
The Iowa City Public Library sits on the Pedestrian Mall across from Bread Garden Market. ICPL hosts lectures, readings, musical performances, and other events in addition to providing the best in library services and collections to this UNESCO City of Literature. ICPL's Local Music Project collects recordings from community artists and was one of the first of its kind in the United States.
This non-profit movie theater shows largely independent and repertory films. Beverages and some food are available for purchase, and it's conveniently located on the Ped Mall.