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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Warm Up with These (True) Iowa Authors

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Warm Up with These (True) Iowa Authors

It’s March and it’s way too cold!! Here are a few jokes or sayings to lift your spirits when it seems that winter has hold and will never let go…
In Europe they drive on the left side of the road, in Iowa we drive on what’s left of the road.
I like snow…when it comes in a paper cone and is covered with grape syrup.
Cold?? Check out a book. You’ll still be cold, but you’ll have a book.

There are lots of winter jokes for us Iowa folks. Being one of those people who wears at least two long-sleeved layers (even inside) all winter and is still cold, I wonder at times why I choose to live here. Yet, here I am, where there are friendly people, good schools, and some pretty nice libraries…

Obviously there is something special about Iowa. Quite a slew of authors have Iowa roots or connections. Maybe it is the importance placed on education or the Iowa Writers Workshop that takes place at the University of Iowa. Maybe it is the work ethic in Iowa, or maybe the weather drives people inside where they can do some writing.

Many of these authors choose to stay or return to Iowa, despite the snow and cold! The authors below spent the better part of their lives in Iowa, choosing to be here for all or most of their adult years of life.

See how many of these Iowa authors you can identify through the descriptions.

1. Dewey know Spencer, Iowa’s famous library director? She still lives there.

2. Known for Farmscape, this Poet Laureate lives and works in the center of Iowa.

3. This coach wrote about Norway, Iowa’s final season of high school baseball. He now lives in Marion with his family.

4. This Dubuque author debuted in 2009 with The Weight of Silence.

5. Carl Houseman is a sheriff’s deputy, just like the Elkader, Iowa author used to be.

6. Growing Up Country and Go Away Home are by this Des Moines author.

7. She lived in Clear Lake and wrote over 50 historical romance novels.

8. She lives close, was loved by her students for more than 40 years, and wrote From the Teacher’s Desk.

9. Her book about a scientist named Bentley won the Caldecott Medal. She lives in Mt Vernon.

10. This author teaches English in Maxwell, Iowa and has published The Drink Worth More than Gold.

11. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Gilead. She lives in Iowa City.

12. Her latest novel, Heart Land, is about a woman returning to Iowa after living in a big city. The author similarly moved to larger cities and then returned to Iowa.

Answers, or the descriptions with a chance for you to chime in with answers, will be provided on the library’s Facebook Page. Answers will also be posted on the library’s website by March 15. You can always come in and talk with us about the authors or look them up on our computers. Have fun and stay warm in our beloved Iowa!


1.  Vicki Myron
2. Mary Swander
3. Kent Stock
4. Heather Gudenkauf
5. Donald Harstad
6. Carol Bodensteiner
7. Dorothy Garlock
8. Jacquie McTaggart
9. Jacqueline Briggs Martin
10. J.S. Loving
11. Marilynne Robinson
12. Kimberly Stuart

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