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2016 AViD Series

Celebrating its 16th Season!

Karen Abbott
Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 PM
Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue

Karen Abbott

Called “the pioneer of sizzle history” by USA Today, author and historian Karen Abbott discovers the untold tales of women in American history and brings to light their compelling stories. Her latest book is entitled Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. This book chronicles the lives of four women who risked everything by going undercover during the Civil War. Her previous books include Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul, and American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee.

Listen to our first podcast episode, an interview with Karen Abbott! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


Christina Baker Kline
Monday, March 14, 7:00 PM
Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue

Christina Baker Kline

Novelist Christina Baker Kline explores a little known chapter in America’s history in her #1 New York Times bestselling book, Orphan Train. A book club favorite, Orphan Train tells the story of a young Irish immigrant who, at the turn of the 20th century, is sent away on a train that transports unwanted and abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest. The novel was featured on several year-end “best of” lists and is being developed into a film. Kline is the author of four other novels: The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, Sweet Water, and Bird in Hand.

Listen to an interview with Christina Baker Kline on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


Jacquelyn Mitchard
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 PM
Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the bestselling author of twenty-two books. Her newest novel, Two If By Sea, is set to be released in March. Mitchard’s most critically acclaimed book, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the first novel selected for Oprah’s Book Club. In 2007, USA Today named The Deep End of the Ocean the second-most memorable book of the past twenty-five years. Says author Elizabeth Berg, “I have had the pleasure of listening to Jacquelyn Mitchard speak on several occasions, and find her to be as charismatic in speech as she is in her books. She’s funny, interesting, intelligent, and mesmerizing.”

Listen to an interview with Jacquelyn Mitchard on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


David Morrell
Friday, April 29, 7:00 PM
Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue

David Morell

David Morrell is a former University of Iowa professor best known for his novel First Blood, which served as the foundation for the Rambo movie series. Morrell’s most recent work is an award-winning Victorian-era mystery series featuring real-life historical figure Thomas De Quincey. The first two books were titled Murder As a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead; the final book in the trilogy, Ruler of the Night, is due out in November. Morrell has written thirty-nine books to date, as well as comics featuring Captain America, Spiderman, and Wolverine.

In addition to the AViD program, David Morrell will be conducting an outstanding Writer's Workshop on Saturday, April 30th, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, at the Central Library. The workshop is a fundraiser for the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. The cost is $40 and includes a copy of his latest book, Inspector of the Dead.

Listen to an interview with David Morrell on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


Pamela Smith Hill
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM
Roosevelt High School Auditorium
4419 Center Street

Pamela Smith Hill

Pamela Smith Hill is editor of the bestseller Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This never-before-published autobiography had been hidden away since the 1930s before Hill took on the task of publishing Wilder’s work. It reveals much about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life on the frontier, which became the basis for her beloved Little House series. Hill has written her own biography on Wilder as well as three young adult novels.

Listen to an interview with Pamela Smith Hill on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


James Edward Mills
Saturday, June 4, 3:00 PM
Forest Avenue Library
1326 Forest Avenue

James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills’ book The Adventure Gap chronicles the first all-African American summit attempt on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Mills uses that mission to explore why minority populations are less likely to seek recreation and adventure in the wilderness and what can be done to bridge that gap. Mills’ goal is to inspire minority communities to look outdoors for experiences that will enrich their lives and to encourage them toward greater environmental stewardship. Mills is also an award-winning journalist and media producer.

Listen to an interview with James Edward Mills on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.


Jenny Lawson
Thursday, July 7, 7:00 PM
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue

Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is the bestselling author of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. In her book, Lawson explores her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety in the hysterical style she’s become famous for. Lawson also wrote a memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her blog, thebloggess.com, has been nominated for multiple awards and has been recognized by Forbes and The Huffington Post. Lawson was also a contributor to the “Good Mom/Bad Mom” blog for the Houston Chronicle.

Listen to an interview with Jenny Lawson on the DMPL Podcast! To download this episode please visit the episode page here.



Thank You AViD Sponsors!

Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Nationwide
Wells Fargo
Douglas and Deborah West
Humanities Iowa
National Endowment for the Humanities
Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation
Principal Financial Group Foundation
Kelly and Brad Edmister
Forest Avenue Library Brick Fund Advisors
Des Moines University
Jan Kaiser


Catch your favorite AVID authors on the City of Des Moines YouTube channel youtube.com/cityofdesmoinesiowa or on Mediacom cable channel 7, 86 and 97-1 (still on three channels) on these dates and times.

  • Mondays and Fridays: 10:30 AM
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays 6:00 PM
  • Wednesdays and Sundays 8:00 PM

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