Doug Wilson's interest in Iowa coal mining stems from the fact that his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were involved in the industry for many years. Doug has collected photographs, maps, and stories from coal miners and their families. He enjoys sharing this segment of the state's history with others.
Author Heath Lee will discuss her book, Winnie Davis: Daughter the Lost Cause, that tells the story of the younger daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife, Varina Howell Davis.
What better way to celebrate the Wonder of Words than with an AViD presentation of the most popular poet in America? Mark your calendar for this free presentation by Billy Collins, whose work has been described as quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing. He will visit Des Moines on book tour for his book, Aimless Love.
Reception with refreshments follows
Poet Sandy Longhorn and author Aimee LaBrie, this years judges of the Periphery prizes, will read alongside several Drake student writers from Periphery 51 at the Des Moines Public Library, Central Branch. This project is in support of the Food Bank of Iowa.