Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Iowa City Book Festival

The forecast calls for rain on Saturday but we are prepared! Be sure to visit the book fair in our new location, MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St. Authors, Artists, Publishers, Booksellers, and more. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to MERGE Iowa City and Big Ten Rentals for facilitating our location change!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

We'll be at the Iowa City Book Festival on October 14th!

Iowa City Book Festival
1 hr
We're so excited to have many wonderful presses, inventive literary organizations, and talented authors joining us at the Book Fair at this year's Iowa City Book Festival! There are a small number of booths still available for those wanting to get involved! Email info@iowacityofliterature.org to reserve a booth. Book Fair is Saturday, October 14, from 10am - 4pm. Caveworks Press & Studios Ice Cube Press LLC Midwestern Independent Book Publisher The Iowa Review The Iowan Magazine Iowa Writers' House Iowa Youth Writing Project Mindbridge FoundationNorth American Review Prompt Press University of Iowa Press Short Fiction & Poetry Eliza David, Author Hard-Wired by Joseph Dobrian Erin Gitchell, AuthorJustine Johnston Hemmestad Appalachian Odyssey

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thank you so very much Emerald Book Reviews!
Visions of A Dream by Justine J. Hemmestad
4* review by Nicole @ emerald book reviews
Living in Ireland it is only expected that I have a love of myths, legends, folklore and history. I am enamoured with ancients civilizations, the items they used, the beliefs they held and the wars they fought but the one person in history that I never really read about (but saw the awful Hollywood hatchet job) was Alexander the Great. I knew he had been tutored at an early age by Aristotle and that he died at the young age of thirty-two but that was the extent of any intimate knowledge I had of the man. I knew of his wars and battles and the countries he stormed through, but through Justine’s book I was given a deeper insight to not only Alexander the great but Alexander the man, his thoughts and how his actions were perceived, the repercussions and how others around him viewed as something holier and more powerful than mere man.
‘What possessed him to turn his head he would never know, but as he did he beheld many of his soldiers standing toward him, their backs straightened, their eyes shining with tears. Their awe upon seeing him filled him with awe for them. Wonderful, was this army, and this world in which they ruled.’
This is a wonderful book. It is a beautiful combination of historical accuracy and a deeper sense of romanticism. I think if you’re like me and have a brief understanding of Alexander’s history then this book is ideal to capture the at atmosphere, language and society of that era. Justine is not only a terrific writer but she clearly knows the intricacies and dynamics of this time in history.
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Justine is the author of Visions of a Dream, published by Turtle Shell Publishing, a novel about Alexander the Great from a spiritual perspective with historical backbone.
Her website is here (on which is a description of the book by CBS radio’s Al Cole’s People of Distinction): http://jhemmestad.wixsite.com/justine-j-hemmestad
The book trailer by Max Graphics is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFMe1DFLyRs&t=18s

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

La Libertad: Interview With Justine Johnston Hemmestad

La Libertad: Interview With Justine Johnston Hemmestad: Justine Johnston Hemmestad Justine Johnston Hemmestad tells us that "Alexander the Great’s efforts toward world unity reflected his...


Monday, April 17, 2017

Visions of a Dream, available now!

.Alexander the Great’s efforts toward world unity reflected his spiritual journey, in which Justine Johnston Hemmestad drew from ancient religions and world views to paint a uniquely vivid picture. Alexander’s relationships with his fellow man knew no restrictions, nor did his love of the sublime.