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Check out the google calendar for events throughout the year for celebrating the five authors. 
Events are also listed below.

CFauthors Festival





Events Begin in May 2017 and run through May 2018

The Cedar Falls Authors Festival kicks off in early May, celebrating Robert James Waller’s work on Thursday, May 4, 2017.    

Here is our currently confirmed list of further Authors Festival programs and their locales:

2017

May 2017:  Launch of Robert James Waller

  • Thursday, May 4: Eight Songs by Robert Waller: An Appreciation of his Music & Poetry at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5: "Bridges and Bridges: Two Takes on the Same Story" at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • May 18 – June 25: Marjorie Nuhn: Selected Works Exhibit at the Hearst Center

Energetic works in vivid watercolor by the late Cedar Falls artist Marjorie Nuhn are displayed. The Hearst Center’s collection of work by this independent woman artist was begun in 1989 by her brother Ferner Nuhn who gave 43 works to the newly formed James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts. The Hearsts themselves were collectors of Ms. Nuhn’s paintings and left the watercolor, “Sartori House,” to the citizens of Cedar Falls when they made their generous bequest of land, property, and funds in 1983.

Hearst Center Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m.

  • Sunday, May 14: Writers of the Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 June 2017:  Launch of Ruth Suckow 

  •  Saturday, June 10: Annual Meeting of the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 10 a.m. 
  •  Saturday, June 10: Discussion of Suckow's novella “A Part of the Institution” at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 1:00 p.m.
  •  Saturday, June 10: Installation of the Sculpture honoring Ferner Nuhn and Ruth Suckow Nuhn in the Sculpture Garden at the Hearst Center, 3:00. Followed by a Reception. Visitors are encouraged to browse the exhibit of Marjorie Nuhn's paintings: she was Ferner's sister.
  •  Saturday, June 10: Program on the play Just Suppose: The Story of Iowa Novelist Ruth Suckow, which was written by playwright Rebecca Christian for the 1992 Celebration of Ruth Suckow's 100th birthday. "Writing and Touring Just Suppose: The Story of Iowa Novelist Ruth Suckow" at the Hearst, Rebecca Christian and Lenore Howard, who portrayed Ruth Suckow in the one woman play, will speak at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 18: Writers of the Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls Public Meeting Room, 1:00-4;00 p.m.                       

 July 2017: Launch of Nancy Price 

  •   Friday, July 7 – September 20, 2017:  Exhibition of “Original Book Illustrations by Nancy Price,” Hearst Center for the Arts
  Hearst Center Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1:00-4:00 p.m.                      
  •   Friday, July 14: Screening of "Sleeping with the Enemy" in Seerley Park, 9 p.m. (Rated R)
  •   Friday, July 14: Beer Garden and Music, sponsored by the College Hill Partnership: the event begins at 7:00 p.m.
  •   Saturday, July 15: College Hill Tour of Homes, College Hill Neighborhood, 1 p.m. 
  •   Sunday, July 16: Panel Discussion, “Sleeping with the EnemyNovel vs. Film”, Hearst Center for the Arts, 2 p.m. Panel participants include Grant Tracey (Professor and Cedar Falls Author), Greg Holt (UNI student), and Barbara Lounsberry (moderator); the author will be in attendance.

 August 2017

  •  Saturday, August 5: Birthday Celebration & Readathon, Cedar Falls Public Library, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  Robert Waller (born August 1), Ruth Suckow (born August 6), and James Hearst (born August 8). In addition, we will celebrate other authors from Cedar Falls who were born in August.
  Cake and punch served to the public all day, while above authors’ short stories and essays are read by Cedar Falls residents.
  • August 10-13: "Just Ann," a Regent Studio Sampler Series at Oster Regent Theatre (Tickets required)

  September 2017:  Launch of James Hearst

  • September 2017 – May 2018:  Monthly “Cedar Falls Author Talk, Reading, Book signing, and Reception,” sponsored by the   Cedar Falls Public Library. (These nine programs will feature Cedar Falls authors, including authors of children’s, young adult, and adult books)
  • Sunday, September 3: Chalk Talks: Herb Hake's Cartoon Classroom at UNI Museum at UNI Rod Library, 1 p.m. with a speaker starting at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 6: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 7: James Hearst and the "North American Review" at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9:  "I'm Published! Now What? A behind-the-scenes look at the crazy, wild and wonderful life of writers on the road at the Cedar Falls Public Library (upstairs meeting room), 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 14: James Hearst's Poems as Songs: Reprise and Update at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 21: Newly discovered poems of James Hearst at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 24: "Just Suppose: The Life of Iowa Novelist Ruth Suckow" at Hearst Center for the Arts, 2 p.m.
        A behind-the-scenes look at the crazy, wild, and wonderful life of writers when out on the road,"  Jeffrey Copeland talk, book-           signing and reception 
  • Thursday, September 28: Final Thursday Reading Series, Hearst Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

  October 2017:  Launch of Bess Streeter Aldrich 

  •   October: CF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library,   
  •   Monday, October 2 & Tuesday, October 3: Bess Streeter Aldrich Bus Tour
  •   Wednesday, October 4: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  •   Sunday, October 15: Song of Years Cemetery Walk, Cedar Falls Historical Society, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  •   Sunday, October 22: Film "Cheers for Miss Bishop", Oster Regent Theatre, 4:30 p.m.

  November 2017

  •   Wednesday, November 1: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
  •   Saturday, November 11: LitCon, Cedar Falls Public Library and Community Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  •   November: National Novel Writing Month, Cedar Falls Public Library, 
  •   November: CF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library, 
  •   November: Holiday Book Fair, University Book & Supply,

  December 2017

  • Wednesday, December 6: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • December: CF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library, 

2018

  January 2018

  • Wednesday, January 3: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • JanuaryCF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library, 


  February 2018

  • Wednesday, February 7: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • FebruaryCF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library, 
  • February: Adrianne Finlay's program and book signing of her young adult book Your One and Only


 March 2018  

  • Wednesday, March 7: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • MarchCF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library, 

 April 2018 

  • Wednesday, April 4: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.   
  • AprilCF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library,
  • April: National Poetry Month, 

  May 2018 

  • Wednesday, May 2: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
  • MayCF Authors Series, Cedar Falls Public Library,
  • May: CF Authors Festival Wrap-Up Celebration






Last Updated May 23, 2017

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