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Talk of Iowa Book Club

We love to read! We know many of you do too. That’s why we created a book club at Iowa Public Radio. Hear about the themes, characters and big picture questions raised by the titles on our reading list. Get a copy of the books, find a comfortable chair, and read or re-read with us.

The Talk of Iowa Book Club podcast is sponsored by Western Home Communities and Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Deming Foundation.

Latest Episodes
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses Walter Tevis' "The Queen's Gambit."
  • On this bonus episode, we talk with two-time expert reader Caleb Rainey. Rainey is a poet and spoken word performer who performs under the name, “The Negro Artist.”
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Mother Night" with Vonnegut scholars Jerome Klinkowitz and Suzanne McConnell, as well as first-time Vonnegut reader Caleb Rainey, for a discussion of this timeless modern classic.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little Heathens" with historians Pamela Riney Kehrberg, of Iowa State University, Lindsey Smith of Living History Farms and Trisha Hicks of the State Library of Iowa.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Crossing to Safety" with author and academic Dean Bakopoulos of Grinnell College, Michael Knock, a historian who teaches at Clarke University in Dubuque and retired broadcaster Karen Bryan.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "The Mothers" with Shanna Benjamin, an independent scholar with a specialization in Black women writers; Roslin Thompson, library director at Knoxville Public Library and poet Emily Spencer.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Storm Lake" with author Art Cullen, anthropologist and journalist Robert Leonard and political scientist Rene Rocha.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Birchbark House" with Brent Criswell, an elementary school teacher, Sarah Uthoff, a Laura Ingalls Wilder expert and Christine Nobiss, an indigenous rights activist.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Delights and Shadows" with three Iowa poets, including Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey, and Paul Brooke.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Eligible" with author Curtis Sittenfeld and expert reader Jan Weissmiller of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.