We the Interwoven: A Book in Every Library in Iowa

$765 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 25 days
Created November 20, 2018

WE THE INTERWOVEN is the first book of stories from immigrants and bicultural residents living in Iowa. It is a deep and diverse look at the experiences of people who come for a new life and of their children who grow up as third culture kids.  The majority of Iowans will only have a chance to read this book if it is found in their local library. Our goal is to get a copy of We the Interwoven all 544 public libraries across Iowa. 


(Donate any amount or choose from the packages below to send a book to a specific library or help us cover a specific package in your town or even across the state.) 

Personalized Library Sponsorship
Send a book to any library in the state of Iowa. Personalize your library or we’ll choose from the list of libraries hoping to have this book donated. This package includes the optional commemoration of the books inscribed with a tribute in honor of you or a loved one. (If you chose this package, feel free to leave your library in the comments or tell us to choose one of the list in need of a copy.)

Four Corners of Rural Iowa Package
A book for yourself as well as books, bookmarks, and digital posters, to four libraries across Iowa, spreading the message of WE THE INTERWOVEN to areas that are of smaller populations. 

Sponsor a Reading & Community Event in Your Town 
The BIWF team will put on a community reading event in your hometown to spread the message of this book with all of  your community. This package includes 10 autographed books, bookmarks, digital study guides, and an event with one of the authors who will read excerpts from their stories and answer questions on everything from their author experiences to their bicultural experiences in Iowa.

Audiobook in Every Iowa Library (VIP)
This package allows us to create an audiobook recording of WE THE INTERWOVEN so that every library in Iowa  can have a free digital recording of the book.



WE THE INTERWOVEN is the first collection of stories by immigrants and bicultural residents living in Iowa. 

Written by: Chuy Renteria, Mexican-American, of West Liberty; Sadagat Aliyeva, Azerbaijani-American, of Des Moines; & Melissa Palma, Filipino-American, of Waterloo. Edited by: Andrea Wilson.

The writing and publishing of this book was made possible by the Iowa Writers' House  and their ground-breaking program,  the Bicultural Iowa Writers' Fellowship, which provides writing training and support to immigrant and bicultural writers. The training and publishing program was supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council which requires a community donation match. 

Released in June 2018 and it’s first printing of 500 sold out in two months. People young and old are reading this book and finding new perspective. However the majority of Iowans will only have a chance to read this book if it is found in their local library. 

Your donations will help send the finished book across our state, to towns large and small, rural and urban, diverse and everything between. Ultimately it will ensure the future of the Bicultural Iowa Writers' Fellowship. 


A Testimonial from West Liberty Librarian, Deb Lohman.

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$765 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 25 days
Created November 20, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Community Foundation Of Johnson (Johnson County Iowa)
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Iowa City, IA
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