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June 26, 2009

At A Glance

Poet Albert Goldbarth, a Writers' Workshop alumnus, reads July 10

Prolific Kansas poet Albert Goldbarth, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "To Be Read in 500 Years," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University Web site:

Goldbarth, who has been described as "one of America's most original and entertaining poets," is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, including "The Kitchen Sink," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and "Budget Travel Through Space and Time."

Volunteers and vendors wanted for Iowa City Book Festival

As the date of the Iowa City Book Festival draws near, excitement is building for this new community event, which includes several opportunities for volunteers or vendors.

The Iowa City Book Festival, set for Saturday, July 18, at Gibson Square at the University of Iowa, will depend on the efforts of volunteers to be a success.  People are needed to serve as assistants for program sessions, information booth, vendors, children's tent, opening/closing or as a general assistant. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up online through the ICBF website

Book vendors and non-profit/University of Iowa organizations are also encouraged to participate. Space is limited to only 24 book vendors and 12 non-profit/University organizations. Terms and conditions for participation and registration are available online at

Registration for food vendors is now open. Space is limited to only six food vendors. Details are available online at

UI Libraries digitizes collection of historic scores

A collection of musical scores by French composer and music publisher Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) is now available online in the Iowa Digital Library.

The Rita Benton Music Library at the University of Iowa has released of the Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions Digital Collection, which is located at

This collection of nearly 250 early printed and manuscript scores represents in entirety the music library's holdings of Pleyel's work. It consists primarily of keyboard and chamber music, including arrangements of large orchestral works. Also included in the collection are songs with keyboard accompaniment and method books providing instruction in certain instruments.

Pleyel was a contemporary of famous composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); he also apprenticed with Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) early in his career. Most of the scores were published between 1780 and 1810.

The physical collection was assembled by the late Dr. Rita Benton, noted Pleyel scholar and former head of the Music Library at the UI.

This collection is one of many in the Iowa Digital Library at, which contains more than 250,000 digital photographs, maps, sound recordings, and documents from libraries and archives at the UI and their partnering institutions.


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