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Prairie Lights Books

15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 USA

85 Reviews
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Open Now
Tue 10a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Wifi
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“Top Bookstore in America!”

Prairie Lights Cafe is part of the legendary independent bookstore Prairie Lights, which has been an Iowa City landmark since 1978. The cafe proper is an 1100 square foot space, with an intriguing history. A local literary society met within the same walls throughout the 1930's, hosting writers Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and ee Cummings among others. Reportedly, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas were scheduled for a reading but were sleeted-in at the Waukesha airport - or so the story goes. Part café, part exhibition venue - The cafe is an alternative space in truest sense of the word. Under the direction of artist/curator Mary Coats, the cafe will host exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, readings, and many as-yet-to be determined events. The café proudly serves Stumptown Coffee, small plates courtesy of The Motley Cow, Deluxe Pastries, as well as a premium selection of wines, beers, and The Houndstooth. Hour Glass Wine and Beer Specials Daily.

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Carleen T.

Great selection of books, especially poetry. They also host many poetry readings featuring both established and emerging poets. The coffee shop upstairs serves great coffee and is a wonderful... Read more

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Rachel W.

An Iowa City institution. You must visit Prairie Lights if you're in the downtown area. Nice variety of reads and other items you'd typically find at a bookstore. I spent the most time upstairs in... Read more

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Shelley M.

How could I love this store more? I loved this store from when it got going when I was in high school and I used to come from a far away small town to marvel at the rows and rows of books and wish... Read more

Prairie Lights Books

15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, Iowa
52240 USA
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Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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