Sat. Feb. 25

The Little Engine That Could

Full steam ahead for Lego and Brio Train fun with Dan Daly. Stop in and play all day. Trains

Darrin Crow: Talespinner & Troubadour

Darrin Crow Darrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals.

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen YangThe 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.
Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books.  It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.
In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion.  Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman!
In addition cartooning, Gene teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. He teaches alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, and more.
In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Book Character Meet and Greet

Clifford meet and greet Meet and take pictures with Pete the Cat, Olivia, Ladybug Girl, and Clifford!  

Young Author Autograph Session

2013-01-12 02.15.39 - compGrab autographs from featured student authors and mingle with published children’s book authors.

Jr. High Writing Jam!

All 7th and 8th graders who like to write are invited to register. Come together with other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new.  Instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project to moderate this awesome event. Free pizza, open mic, and door prizes including a Kindle. Writing Jam image header

Darrin Crow: Talespinner & Troubadour

Darrin CrowDarrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals.

Absolute Science

science show picAbsolute Science is a brand new, educational and fun hands on program catering to all ages. Watch and take part in awesome experiments while learning the science behind them.
Experience hair raising fun with a Van de Graaff Generator! How does light change our perception of what is right in front of our eyes? What happens when a liquid is put under pressure? Dry Ice Exploration, Fantastic Foam, and so much more!

Book Character Meet and Greet

Clifford meet and greetMeet and take pictures with Pete the Cat, Olivia, Ladybug Girl, and Clifford!