Iowa: A Literary Landscape


Towns/Cities
Many Iowa towns and cities are on the literary landscape. This list guides users to authors whose works we were able to determine were set in a particular (real or fictional) town. Refer to the Authors files to get titles.

--  Dashes denote authors of juvenile fiction.


Aldoburg (fictional, modeled on Atlantic, Cass County)
Vermillion, Mary

Algona (Kossuth County)
   Magnuson and Petrie

Alleman
Brant, Kylie

Ames (Story County)
   Brant, Kylie
Frederick, John T.
-- Gibson and Coxe
   Huffey, Rhoda
   Modesitt, L.E.
--Wyrick, Robyn

Amana Colonies (Iowa County)
Dobson, Melanie B
Miller, Judith

Anamosa
--Mullin, Mike

Archer's Junction (fictional, modeled on West Des Moines, Valley Junction area) (Polk County)
Michaels, Leigh

Ash Grove (fictional, modeled on Bloomfield, Iowa) (Davis County)
Michaels, Leigh

Atlantic
Sandford, John

Beaverdale (fictional, modeled on Des Moines, Polk County)
   Taylor, John

Bella (fictional, no county given)
   Lounsberry, Barbara

Beulah (fictional, no county given)
   Wright, Vinita Hampton

Black Falls (fictional, no county given)
   Gorman, Edward

Black Rivers Falls (fictional, no county given)
Gorman, Edward

Blue River (fictional)
Levin, Ira

Bondurant
Brant, Kylie

Boone (Boone County)
   Bodensteiner, Carol
Frederick, Michael
--Wyrick, Robyn

Brenner (fictional, no county given)
Gorman, Edward

Broken Branch(fictional)
Gudenkrauf, Heather

Broken Wheel(fictional)
Bivald, Katharina

Browning City (fictional, no county given)
Dooley, Lena Nelson
Dooley, Lena Nelson, and Lisa Harris

Buchanan (fictional, Iowa City area)
   Lafore, Laurence Davis

Burlington (Des Moines County)
Collins, Max Allan
Hueston, Ethel
--Karwatowicz and Dippold
Lammers, Thomas G.

Burr Oak(fictional, no county given)
--Rylant, Cynthia
-- LaMarche, Jim

Caledonia(fictional, no county given)
--Chan, Crystal

Casey (Guthrie County)
Duncan, Thomas William

Cedar Bend (fictional, modeled on Cedar Falls, Blackhawk County)
Waller, Robert James

Cedar Bluff (fictional, no county given)
Hughes, Kathleen

Cedar City(fictional)
Gudenkrauf, Heather

Cedar Falls/Waterloo area (Blackhawk County)
   Cresswell, Jasmine
--Mullin, Mike
Price, Nancy
--Smith, Andrew

Cedar Junction(fictional)
MacLean, Brian L

Cedar Rapids (Linn County)
Asken, Evan
Dubus, Andre
Gorman, Edward
Henning, William E.
Hill, Joe
King, Stephen
McCoy, Maureen
Nelson, Peter N
--Roth, Karen
Sandford, John
Shriver and Mendelson
Steffens, Jason M
Yoseloff, Martin

Centerville (Appanoose County)
   Greenleaf, Stephen

Chariton
Malone, Buzz

Charles City (Floyd County)
   Millhiser, Maryls

Chenille(fictional)
Dunaway, Michele

Chevalier (fictional, located on Mississippi River)
   Braden, Louise Garland

Clinton (Clinton County)
   Childs, Marquis William
Fisher, James R.

Colchester Falls(fictional, no county given)
--Cousins, Amy Jo

Corning (Adams County)
-- Hall, Lynn

Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County)
   Beer, Thomas
Grisham, John

Davenport (Scott County)
Collins, Max Allan
--Eliason, R.J
French, Alice
Glaspell, Susan
Grisham, John
Irelan, Patrick
Kerouac, Jack
-- Meigs, Cornelia

Decatur (fictional, no county given)
Ahern, L. Dale

Decatur City(fictional, no county given)
Russell, Karen

Decorah (Winneshiek County)
Ernst, Kathleen
Glawe, Dennis D.
-- Hall, Lynn

Delphi (fictional, modeled on Decorah, Winneshiek County)
   Schultz, Robert

Denby(fictional)
Smiley, Jane

Denver (Bremer County)
   Spence, Hartzell

Des Moines (Polk County)
   Aukes, Rachel
Bacus, Kathleen
Beachy, Stephen
Brant, Kylie
Collins, Max Allan
Cresswell, Jasmine
Cronin, Justin
Dick, Philip K.
-- Felsen, Henry Gregor
Gaiman and Pratchett
Kerouac, Jack
-- Knapp, Susan
King, Stephen
Kohrt, Ruth
Levin, Ira
-- Lowry, Lois
McCracken, Elizabeth
Meredith, Paul
Michaels, Leigh
Miller, A. R.
-- Mullen,Paul Michael
Opstein, Ed
Rhodes, David A.
Sandford, John
Scott, Beverly
Speer, Ralph
--Stack, Nicolete Meredith
Stong, Philip Duffield
Twain, Ernest Arlington
White, Michael J.
Wilson, Jennifer

Divinity (fictional, near Des Moines)
   Agee, Jonis

Doon (Lyon County)
   Feikema, Feike

Dubuque (Dubuque County)
Bodensteiner, Carol
Bissell, Richard
--Eliason, R.J
Garlock, Dorothy
Hoffman, Mathias
Jochum, Patricia A.
Nelson, Peter N
Sullivan, Katie

Dundee (Delaware County
-- Holl, Kristi

Dutchville (fictional, no county given)
Hoover, Hadley

Dysart (Tama County)
-- Magnuson and Petrie

Ealing (fictional, no county given)
-- Smith, Andrew

Early (Sac County)
   Dailey, Janet

East Justice (fictional)
   Braverman, Melanie

Elizabeth (fictional, no county given)
   Weir, Theresa

Elkader (Clayton County)
-- Hall, Lynn

Elmwood(fictional)
St John, Cheryl

Elvira
Mercado, Staci Angelina

Emmetsburg (Palo Alto County)
   Van Etten, Winifred

Endora (fictional, no county given)
   Hedges, Peter

Fairfield
   Perry, Michalann

Fairport (fictional, modeled on Davenport, Scott County)
   French, Alice

Fairview (Jones County)
   Suckow, Ruth

Fayette (Fayette County)
   Berryhill, Clint

Flinkwater (fictional, no county given)
   --Hautman, Pete

Forbes Island(fictional)
   Manno, Mike

Fort Des Moines (Polk County)
-- Anderson, Betty Baxter
-- Bailey and Moran

Fort Dodge(Webster County)
Bender, Loretta

Freeley(fictional)
Aukes, Rachel

Freeport (fictional, modeled on Davenport, Scott County)
   Glaspell, Susan

Fremont
Roquet, Dana

Galilee (fictional, no county given)
--Woodson, Jacqueline

Gilead (fictional, no county given)
Robinson, Marilynne

Gilmore City (Pocahontas County)
   Daniels, Guy

Glenwood (Mills County)
   Jackson, Donald Dean

Goodhue (fictional, no county given)
-- Ylvisaker, Anne

Grafton
Drury, Tom

Grand Forks (fictional, no county given)
   Weir, Hugh C.

Grand Mound (fictional, no county given)
   Kinsella, W.P.

Grandville (fictional, no county given)
  Bacus, Kathleen

Granville (Sioux County)
   Donovan, Josephine

Grinnell (Poweshiek County)
   Bakopoulos, Dean
Longley, Ralph L.

Guthrie Center (Guthrie County)
  McKibben, Carroll.

Halycon (fictional, no county given)
  Meissner, Susan.

Hammond's Point (fictional, modeled on Ottumwa) (Wapello County)
Michaels, Leigh

Hanson (fictional)
Robbins, David

Harlan (Shelby County)

  
-- McDonald, Julie

Harper's Ferry (Allamakee County)

  
-- Holl, Kristi

Harrington (fictional, Dickinson County)
   Rich, Virginia

Hastings (Mills County)
   Wearin, Otha D.

Hawarden (Sioux County)
   Suckow, Ruth

Hawthorne (fictional, no county given)
Teeter, Tim R.

Holden (fictional, no county given)
--Gorman, Carol

Homestead (Iowa County)
Dobson, Melanie B.

Humboldt (Humboldt County)
-- Baker, Laura Nelson

Hurstville (fictional)
Bodensteiner, Carol

Iowa City (Johnson County)
Andrews, Clarence A.
Asala, Joanne
Baker, Larry.
Berryhill, Clint
Birkenholtz, Rick
Blaise, Clark
Borne, Deanna Bieber
Bourjaily, Vance
Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Calderwood and Hearst
Casey, John
Cassill, Robert Verlin
Cathey, Bill Robert
Collins, Max Allan
Collison, Elizabeth
Dallas, Sandra
Dubus, Andre
Eliason, Rachel
Evans, Elizabeth
Exley,Frederick
-- Felsen, Henry Gregor
Fields, Jennie
Genell, Sean Preciado
Gerhard, Peter
Gorman, Ed
Grisham, John
Grumbach, Doris
Guerrant, David
Halvorson, Jerome A.
Hardwick, Elizabeth
--Hathaway, Jill
Horn, Margaret Capek
Irving, John
-- Irwin and Reida
Jeffery and Keeble
Johnson, Denis
Kallmaker, Karin.
Kasten, Kate
Kerouac, Jack
Kinsella, W.P.
Leggett, John W.
Levin, Ira
Lowe, Tower
Madden, Mary Anne
McDonald, Julie
McMurtry, Larry
McNally, John
Morrell, David
Mukherjee, Bharati
--Mullin, Mike
Murray, John
Nelson, Pete
Nelson, Peter N
Newborn, Sasha
Olsen, Lance
Orr, Elaine
Palmer, Michael
Rinehart, Steven
--Reuter, Linda
Roth, Philip
Sandford, John
--Sheth, Kashmira
Spivak, Talbot
Stansfield, Anita
Stefaniak, Mary Helen
Steffens, Jason M
Strieber, Whitley
Sunwall, James Raymond
Twito, Tom
Vermillion, Mary
Wakefield, Dan
Waters, Dan.
Welt, Elly
Weverka, Robert
Will, Frederic
Yates, Richard

Ireton (Sioux County)
-- Naylor, Reynolds, and Brown

Jackson (fictional, no county given)
Jones, T.P.

Junction City (fictional, no county given)
King, Stephen

Kalona (Washington County)
Dawn, Waneta
Risner, Fay

Keokuk (Lee County)
-- Calhoun and Gretzer
   Hughes, Rupert

Keosauqua (Van Buren County)
   Stong, Philip Duffield

Lake Manawa (Lake Manawa State Park) (Pottawattamie County)
Seilstad, Lorna.

Lanesport (fictional, no county given)
--Irwin, Hadley

Lapham (fictional, no county given)
   Buxbaum, Katherine

Lassiter Hill (fictional, no county given)
Dundon, Michael

LeClaire (Scott County)
-- Kimmel, E. Cody
Tsagaris, Wolfe, and Parkhurst

LeMars (Plymouth County)
  McDonald, Julie

Liberal (fictional, no county given)
Palecek, Mike

Linden Grove (fictional, no county given)
   Howard, Mary

Locked Rock (fictional)
Risner, Fay

Lone Tree
Nieh, Hualing

Lost Nation
Jack, Zachary

Madison City (fictional, no county given)
Hylton, J.D.

Manning (Carroll County)
   Lamp, C.O.

Maple Valley (fictional, modeled on Cedar Rapids, Linn County)
   Van Vechten, Carl

Maquekota
--Mullin, Mike

Marshalltown (Marshall County)
-- Francis and Lazare

Martinique (fictional, modeled on Dubuque, Dubuque County)
   Wallis, James Harold

Mason (fictional, no county given)
--Brouwer, Sigmund
--Carlson, Melody
-- MacKall, Dandi

Mason City (Cerro Gordo County)
   Klinkowitz, Jerome
Rhodes, David
   Willson, Meredith

May City
Witmer and Burkholder.

Millersburg
Cronin, Justin

Morrisville (fictional)
Drury, Tom.

Morton Valley(fictional)
Holst, Mike

Moscow(fictional)
Collins, Max Allan

Mount Ayr (Ringgold County)
   Saltzman, Eleanor

Mount Pleasant (Henry County)
--Braulick, Jenny Panther, et al.
Sandford, John

Mount Vernon (Linn County)
-- Medary, Marjorie

Mt. Clarkton(fictional)
MacLean, Brian L

Muscatine (Muscatine County)
-- Butler, Ellis Parker
Savage, Tom and Sharon

Myrtle (fictional, no county given)
Millhiser, Marlys

Nathan Springs (fictional, no county given)
   Layton, Nancy

New Berlin (fictional, no county given)
-- Hall, Lynn

New Hampton (Chickasaw County)
-- Magnuson and Petrie

New Harmony (fictional, no county given)
Dean, Janet

New Holland (fictional, no county given)
   Bauer, Douglas
Shriver and Mendelson

New Hoosic (fictional, modeled on Shenandoah, Page County)
   Boylen, Margaret Currier

Neukirk (fictional, no county given)
   Schaap, James C.

North Branch(fictional)
--Bognanni, Peter

North Liberty (Johnson County)
Clothier, Peter

North Tree (fictional)
Eness, Daniel

Oak River (fictional, no county given)
Aldrich, Bess Streeter

Oakley Mills (fictional, modelled on Ottumwa) (Wapello County)
Michaels, Leigh

Okoboji (Dickinson County)
Davidson, Peter

Omega (fictional, no county given)
Scholl, John

Onomata (fictional, no county given)
Kinsella, W.P.

Ontarion (fictional, no county given)
Rhodes, David A.

Osage (Mitchell County)
Garland, Hamlin

Oskaloosa
Sandford, John

Ottumwa
Perry, Michalann
Sandford, John

Pella (Marion County)
Bach, Marcus
Kooi, Muriel Byers
Sandford, John

Pittsville (fictional, modeled on Keosauqua, Van Buren County)
Stong, Philip Duffield

Port City (fictional, probably Muscatine, Muscatine County)
Collins, Max A.

Prairie City (fictional, modeled on Iowa City. There is a Prairie City, Iowa but it is not this one.)
Harter, Evelyn

Rampage (fictional, no county given)
Chehak, Susan Taylor

Reinbeck
Drury, Tom

Remsen (Plymouth County)
   Harnack, Curtis

Riceville (Howard County)
-- Govern and Pitzenberger

River City (fictional, modeled on Iowa City, Johnson County)
Shields, David

River City (fictional, modeled on Mason City, Cerro Gordo County))
Willson, Meredith

River City (fictional, no reference)
Pelton, Sonya T.

River's Bluff(fictional)
Collins, Max Allan

Riverton (Fremont County)
Spence, Hartzell

Rock River(fictional, no county given)
--Bauer, Joan

Rome (fictional, no county given)
Jackson, Charles Tenney

Sabula (Jackson County)
Irelan, Patrick
--Lawlor and Cogancherry
--Mullin, Mike

Serenity (fictional)
Allan, Barbara

Sharon Center (Johnson County)
   Rhodes, David A.

Sigourney (Keokuk County)
Huffman, Martha

Sioux City (Woodbury County)
Crary, Margaret
Downing, J. Hyatt
Frederick, Michael
Hewitt, William
Lottman, Eileen
Martens and Rogers
McMullen, Sean
Miller, A. R.
Wishman, June

Siouxland (fictional, modeled on Doon, Lyon County)
   Manfred, Frederick Feikema

Spillville (Winneshiek County)
   Dostal, W.A.
-- Drexler and Shelby
   Hutchinson, Duane
-- Schaefer and Rosen

Springhill (fictional, modeled on Ottumwa) (Wapello County)
Michaels, Leigh

Starlight (fictional)
Durgin, JoAnn

State Center (fictional, in fictional Cedar County)
--Ripslinger, Jon.

State City (fictional)
Dobrian, Joseph

Stone City (fictional)
Drury, Tom

Storm Lake (Buena Vista County)
   Gaherty, Mike

Story City (Story County)
Stasney, Kirsten Jacobson

Summersend (fictional, no county given)
Cook, Marshall

Summerset (fictional)
Damsgaard, Shirley

Sweetheart (fictional, no county given)
   Gideon, Nancy

Tama (Tama County)
--
Irwin, Hadley
Young Bear, Ray A.

Tatatonka (fictional)
Gatling, Rachael

Three Oaks (fictional)
Risner, Fay

Traer (Tama County)
   Wilson, Margaret

Turner's Bend (fictional)
Rausch and Donlon

Twin Rivers (fictional, combination of Iowa City and Ottumwa) (Johnson and Wapello Counties)
Michaels, Leigh

Uppsala (fictional, no county given)
   Hatcher, Robin Lee

Utopia (fictional, no county given)
--Yansky, Brian

Village of Fort Des Moines (Polk County)
   Brigham, Johnson

Villisca (Montgomery County)
   Bowman, Stephen

Vinton (Benton County)
   --Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody

Walcott
Collins, Max Allan

Walnut Grove(fictional)
Gerhard, Peter

Warren's Grove (fictional, modeled on Keosauqua) (Van Buren County)
Michaels, Leigh

Waubeek (Linn County)
   Sigmund, Jay G.

Waterloo (Blackhawk County)
-- Gioielli, Stephani
Givens, David
-- Heath, May A.
-- Iyengar, Vijay
--Jensen, Jake
-- Knipp and Egemo
-- Lichty, Luke
Macallister, Greer
--Smith, Andrew
Tracey, Grant A.
Wilson, Amanda

Webster City (Hamilton County)
   Kantor, MacKinlay

Wesley (Kossuth County)
   Wingert, Lynn R.

West Lake (fictional)
Collins, Max Allan

West Liberty (Muscatine County)
Casey, John
Collins, Max Allan

What Cheer
Jack, Zachary

Wickenburg
Risner, Fay

Wilcox(fictional)
Byrne, Wendy

Willard's Ford (fictional, no county given)
-- Hall, Lynn

Willow Creek (fictional, no county given)
Gudenkauf, Heather
Stevens, Connie

Willow Grove (fictional, no county given)
--Backes, M. Molly

Windsor City(fictional)
Hunter, Maddy

Winnebago (fictional, no county given)
-- Bissell, Richard Pike

Winterset (Madison County)
Waller, Robert James

Wormwood (fictional)
Rhodes, David

Worthington
--Mullin, Mike

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

Young Adult Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote

©Busse Library, Kristy Raine, Linda L. Scarth, Marilyn Murphy
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last updated 26 June 2016