Welcome to the 2021 Cedar Falls Authors Festival
Did you know that Cedar Falls has produced five nationally-known and best-selling writers—more nationally-known authors than any other town in Iowa? Four of them taught at the University of Northern Iowa and several were students there as well. Three were born here.
During 2016-2018, a group of volunteers planned a year of activities to celebrate those authors, and give local authors a chance to present. In all, we had 60 programs and found great community support and an opportunity for collaboration.
Now, we're moving forward with the support of the Hearst Center for the Arts, the Cedar Falls Public Library, and Cedar Falls Tourism as our partners.
Looking Ahead, CFAF, 2021 -- We're Back!
Our Planning Committee (Umbrellas), 2016-2018
Mary Taylor, Cherie Dargan, Mary Brammer, Rosemary Beach, Kim Manning, & Scott Cawelti at City Hall, after submitting our Proclamation to City Council and the Mayor. Missing: Jan Anderson and Barbara Lounsberry.
Cherie Dargan, Rosemary Beach and Barbara Lounsberry after a program at the Cedar Falls Library.
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The Festival on the UNI website
The UNI Library has created a set of pages about the Authors Festival; you can view them here.
If you haven't checked it out lately, take a look. You will see that they list books by each author, as well as give some biographical information. In addition, they list artifacts found in the UNI Special Collections.
Bess Streeter Museum
The Bess Streeter Aldrich Museum in Elmwood, Nebraska is now linking to our site; if you are looking for more information about Aldrich, check them out.
Click on the names below to visit each author's page or use the navigation menu on the left.
Our Five Authors
FROM PIONEER DAYS
Do we actually have SEVEN famous authors?
Ronald Verlin Cassill
R. V. Cassill, or Ronald Verlin Cassill, (May 17, 1919 – March 25, 2002) was a prolific writer, reviewer, editor, painter, and lithographer. He is most notable for his novels and short stories, and won awards and grants." ("Ronald Verlin Cassill," Wikipedia) He was also a teacher.
What was his Cedar Falls connection?
"Cassill was born on May 17, 1919 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Howard Cassill, a school superintendent, and Mary Glosser, a teacher; he had two brothers, Donald Cassill and H. Carroll Cassill, and a sister, LaJean. After graduating from Blakesburg High School, he earned a B.A. in art at The University of Iowa in 1939, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. From 1942 to 1946, Cassill served the United States Army in the Medical Administration Core as a first lieutenant, stationed in the South Pacific."
http://www.rvcassill.com/ -- His author website
http://www.rvcassill.com/RVCBIO.htm -- biography
http://www.rvcassill.com/rvcbooks.htm -- List of his books
Rev. Charlie Shedd
Rev. Charlie Shedd (1915-2004) wrote 40 books that were humorous, inspirational, and motivational. His books focused on churches, relationships, dating, dieting, marriage, parenting, communication, and sexuality.
What was his Cedar Falls connection?
Charlie was an Iowa boy who graduated from Cedar Falls High School, married a Cedar Falls girl, Martha, and served as a youth pastor at North minster Presbyterian church in Waterloo early in his career.
We honored Charlie Shedd at our August Readathon: check for the Power point about him as an attachment at the bottom of the home page.
Brief Bio by his publisher
Gary Kelley's Art work Commemorates the Cedar Falls Authors Festival
Local artist Gary Kelley designed a piece of art featuring quotes from our five authors. The poster was used to promote the Festival, and signed copies were available for sale at our events.
1. To inspire young and old through the knowledge that Cedar Falls has produced writers from pioneer times to now.
2. To convey that writing is a valuable and rewarding form of expression that members of the Cedar Falls community regularly engage in—like breathing.
3. To enhance civic pride and our sense of community identity by recognizing that Cedar Falls can boast of five nationally known, best-selling writers—more than any other town in Iowa.
4. To celebrate all of our Cedar Falls authors, past and present, by creating a Directory of Cedar Falls Authors.
Last updated October 20, 2021
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