Welcome to the Cedar Falls Authors Festival Website

Did you know that Cedar Falls has produced five nationally-known and best-selling writers—more nationally-known 
authors than any other town in Iowa?  Four of them taught at the University of Northern Iowa and several were students there as well. 
Three were born here. 

We planned a year of events to celebrate our Literary heritage and create awareness of these authors and their work, 
as well as other remarkable local writers: we are calling it the Cedar Falls Authors Festival. 
Events will run from May 2017 through May 2018. 
Now that we have launched three of our authors' programs (Waller, Price and Suckow), we're even more excited! Look for the Festival logo, our Posters, and volunteers around town.

Coming in October -- Bess Streeter Aldrich

YouTube video about Aldrich
A Currents program, with Mary Taylor as host and with Rosemary Beach
Sunday, October 15:  Cedar Falls Historical Society Song of Years Cemetery Walk, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 22:  Screening of film Cheers for Miss Bishop, Oster Regent Theatre, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16 -- Join us at the Cedar Falls Public Library for

"The Woman Who Was Forgotten"
the story, the audio recording, the live performance

Cedar Falls native Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of the most popular writers in the U.S. during the first half of the Twentieth Century. As part of this year's Cedar Falls Authors Festival, L&L English graduate students invite you to attend a live, radio-style adaptation of one of Aldrich's short stories, "The Woman Who Was Forgotten" on Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Falls Public Library meeting room. Discussion and reception to follow. Support for this event comes from the Department of Languages & Literatures.

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The Festival on the UNI website

The UNI Library has created a set of pages about the Authors Festival; you can view them here.

Bess Streeter Museum

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Museum in Elmwood, Nebraska is now linking to our site; if you are looking for more information about Aldrich, check them out.

Click on the names below to visit each author's page or use the navigation menu on the left.

Our Five Authors


ruth suckow
February 17, 1881 -– August 3, 1954

August 6, 1892 --  January 23, 1960



March 16, 1925

August 8, 1900 -- July 27, 1983



August 1, 1939 -- March 10, 2017

Gary Kelley's Art work Commemorates the Cedar Falls Authors Festival 

Local artist Gary Kelley designed a piece of art featuring quotes from our five authors. The poster will be used to promote the Festival, and signed copies will be available for sale at our events.

gary kelley poster

Festival Purpose:

1. To inspire young and old through the knowledge that Cedar Falls has produced writers from pioneer times to now.

2. To convey that writing is a valuable and rewarding form of expression that members of the Cedar Falls community regularly engage in—like breathing.

3.  To enhance civic pride and our sense of community identity by recognizing that Cedar Falls can boast of five nationally known, best-selling writers—more than any other town in Iowa.

4.  To celebrate all of our Cedar Falls authors, past and present, by creating a Directory of Cedar Falls Authors.

 Are you a Cedar Falls author? 

We define a “Cedar Falls Author” as a person either born in Cedar Falls or who has spent a substantial amount of time living and writing in the city. 
We are gathering information to create a Directory of Cedar Falls Authors, which will be posted on the Cedar Falls Library website, as well as here. 

Please complete our authors' survey to become part of the Directory of Cedar Falls Authors--or to share the name of a Cedar Falls author (living or dead).

Does your organization have an event that you think might fit into our Cedar Falls Authors Festival? 


The Festival kicks off in early May 2017 and runs through May 2018. 



This Google Form helps you to provide all of the details about your event; the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau has put together a brochure listing events. 

If the Cedar Falls authors Festival committee finds your event fits our guidelines, we will add it to the brochure. 


Last updated September 22, 2017

Cherie Dargan, Webmaster

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