Witching Hour Festival - Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: Notes on the American Surveillance State

Nov 1, 2019

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

University of Iowa Main Library, Main Library Gallery

125 West Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Kerry Howley will read from her forthcoming book about the American surveillance state, Bottom’s Up and The Devil Laughs. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and conversation with Howley.

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a New York Times Notable Book, New York Times Editor’s Choice, and pick for best-of-the-year lists in Time, Salon, Slate, and many other venues. A Contributing Writer at New York Magazine, her work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, Granta, and Bookforum. In 2019 her New York profile of disgraced osteopathic physician Larry Nassar was nominated for a National Magazine Award. An Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa’s celebrated Nonfiction Writing Program, Howley is currently finishing a nonfiction thriller about the American surveillance state, forthcoming from Knopf.

This event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Libraries and is part of Witching Hour festival programming. This Witching Hour event is FREE and open to the public. No event pass is required.


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