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Black and white headshot of John Irving with colored flag Infinite Dream boarder
Infinite Dream

John Irving

in conversation with Lan Samantha Chang

Presented by
The Office of Performing Arts and Engagement
Iowa City Book Festival
Iowa City Public Library
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Refocus Film Festival
, and
University Lecture Committee
Friday, October 13, 2023, 7:30 pm
Sold Out

Presented in collaboration with the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University Lecture Committee, Iowa City Book Festival, and Refocus Film Festival

Part of Hancher's Infinite Dream festival

John Irving is one of the foremost writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is the author of several books, including the novels The Cider House RulesThe World According to Garp, and most recently The Last Chairlift. He was also inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Irving returns to our campus and community to discuss his life and creative process alongside Iowa Writers' Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang. 

John Irving Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Karl Kundel & Allison Kundel
Douglas & Linda Paul 
Iowa City Public Library

See more from Infinite Dream:

 Sphinx Virtuosi

 N O W I S W H E N W E A R E (the stars)

Festival passes are on sale now! 

Infinite Dream October 11 - 21 surrounded by colored flags Festival Passes on sale now


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John Irving: Part of Infinite Dream
The Daily Iowan - Friday, October 13, 2023
Literary icon John Irving returned to Iowa City’s writing community on Friday, where he was welcomed by a sold-out Hancher audience. At 81 years old, Irving still has several novels left to write. He said he saved the shorter and easier ones for later in life. During the Hancher appearance, in conversation with Iowa Writers’ Workshop program director Lan Samantha Chang, Irving said he has written 14 chapters of his in-progress novel “Honor’s Child.”
Infinite Dream: A Multidisciplinary Festival: Oct. 11 - 21, Iowa City
Press-Citizen - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Hancher Auditorium introduces the new Infinite Dream Festival. The Infinite Dream Festival is a multidisciplinary festival that explores the American Story's complex fabric, celebrating its accomplishments and failures through music and discussion. Starting on Oct. 11, the festival will feature performances, presentations, and discussions from artists and thinkers as well as students, faculty, and staff from the University of Iowa. The Infinite Dream festival runs through Saturday, Oct. 21.
Infinite Dream: A Multidisciplinary Festival: Oct. 11 - 21, Iowa City
The Gazette - Thursday, October 5, 2023
Hancher is introducing a new multidisciplinary festival — Infinite Dream — from Oct. 11 to 21, at various venues around Iowa City. Through the lens of the arts, the festival explores the complex fabric of the American Story: grand accomplishments, disruptive failures and potential for excellence.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at