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Cedar Falls Authors Festival

           Cedar Falls has been a rich seedbed for authors—from pioneer times to the present. In an effort to reclaim this important legacy and to encourage new authors, young and old, the Cedar Falls Authors Festival was born.
            The festival celebrates our five nationally-known best-selling authors—Bess Streeter Aldrich, Ruth Suckow, James Hearst, Robert Waller and Nancy Price—and many other Cedar Falls authors past and present. It’s become a true collaboration with UNI, the public schools, and all the city’s cultural groups involved. 
              A "Cedar Falls author" is defined as one born in Cedar Falls or who has spent a substantial amount of time living and writing in Cedar Falls. Through a series of programs from May 2017 through May 2018, participants will meet these authors, read and hear their works, and see how their works have been adapted into films, plays, music, art and more, as well as some of the work they’ve inspired. They will explore diverse visions of Cedar Falls as presented across the years.
             As a lasting product of the festival, a Cedar Falls Authors Directory is being created, which will be housed online at the public library and UNI’s Rod Library. If you consider yourself an author or would like to nominate someone else, please visit and complete the survey found on the homepage.

In July, we celebrate Nancy Price, (1925- ), who has given us 13 novels—five set in Cedar Falls, including “Sleeping with the Enemy” and “An Accomplished Woman.” The first was a 1987 Literary Guild selection and became the famous 1991 film starring Julia Roberts. She also has given us a collection of poems and six short stories and she illustrates her books.

Exhibit – Nancy Price: Original Book Illustrations
Fri., July 7 – Wed., Sept. 20,
Reception Sun., July 16, 1 p.m., in conjunction with panel discussion 
Hearst Center for the Arts
The exhibit will feature Price’s illustrations from several of her works.

Cinema in Seerley Park – “Sleeping with the Enemy” (rated R)
Fri., July 14, music and beer garden, movie at dark.
This 1991 psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts is based on Price’s 1986 novel and is set in Cedar Falls.

College Hill Tour of Homes
Sat., July 15, 1 p.m.
College Hill Neighborhood, begin at Seerley Park, Cedar Falls
The tour includes Price’s past home and three others featured in “Sleeping with the Enemy” as well as the UNI president’s house.

Panel Discussion: Sleeping with the Enemy: Novel vs. Film
Sun., July 16, 2 p.m.
Come at 1 p.m. for reception for concurrent Price illustration exhibit.
Hearst Center for the Arts
Join Grant Tracey, Greg Holt, and Barbara Lounsberry for an entertaining discussion of the differences in the movie from the original book.


Birthday Celebration and Readathon
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cedar Falls Public Library
Celebrate not one but three of the five featured authors and their August birthdays. Listen to readings of all five authors by Cedar Falls celebrities and enjoy refreshments all day.

 “Just Ann”
Written by UNI’s Cynthia Goatley & Rebecca Burkhardt
Regent Studio Sampler Series:  Aug. 10-13, 2017 
Oster Regent Theatre (Tickets required.)
This premier production about former Texas Governor Ann Richards reveals a dynamic, larger-than-life personality.

More information on all of the authors, festival events, bibliographies and more can be found at