The fourth annual Iowa City Book Festival kicks off on Friday

BY DI STAFF | JULY 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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The fourth-annual Iowa City Book Festival, presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, will kick off Friday with the Literary Carnival at 7 p.m.

More than 80 events will take place over the weekend ranging from readings to a Hunger Games event on the Pentacrest lawn on Sunday at 1 p.m. More than 50 authors are expected to host events at the festival as well.

Kristi Bontrager, the director of the Book Festival, said she is excited about the growth of the book festival.

"We continue to grow in our number of attendance, and last year, we saw a nice increase," she said. "I really think that as this festival continues to grow, it's going to become more and more of a regional event."

Bontrager said there is something for everyone at the festival.

"The main thing is just that we've got tons of great programming that is free," she said. "I really think there's something for everyone."

Most events for the book festival will take place on the Pentacrest. More information on events and locations is available at iowacitybookfestival.org.

— by Anna Theodosis

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