Friday Once Upon a Time

The 2017 festival will begin Friday evening, February 24, at 6:00 p.m. with the Once Upon a Time dinner at the Hotel Vetro Iowa City. “Once Upon a Time” is a magical literary experience created to celebrate stories written and performed by children from each elementary school in Iowa City. While the draw for some might be meeting and hearing from our keynote author, Gene Luen Yang, the real highlight will be hearing students from 22 area elementary schools read their work.

Gene Luen Yang

Each participating school will receive a table for 10 guests so educators, students and caregivers can be on hand to celebrate. 

The City of Literature is proud to welcome the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang as our festival keynote speaker. Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. In addition to speaking at the Once Upon a Time dinner, Gene will join us for fun kids’ writing workshops and activities on Saturday at the One Book Two Book Fair at the Hotel Vetro.