AViD 2017

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Meet the 2017 AViD Authors

Heather Gudenkauf – Tuesday, May 30, Central Library, 7:00 PM

Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of seven novels, including One Breath Away, The Weight of Silence, and These Things Hidden. Gudenkauf graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages, and continues to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator in Dubuque, Iowa. This event will also serve as launch celebration for her newest novel, Not a Sound, which is set to be released on May 30.

Listen to Heather Gudenkauf on a special AViD episode of the DMPL podcast!


Michelle Hoover – Tuesday, March 7, Central Library, 7:00 PM

Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is the author of two novels, including Bottomland, the 2017 All Iowa Reads title. Hoover is currently the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University in Boston, where she teaches advanced fiction workshops and works with students on honors and thesis projects. Hoover is the co-founder and head of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program in Boston. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut novel, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.”
Listen to Michelle Hoover on a special AViD episode of the DMPL podcast!

Eloisa James – Tuesday, March 21, Central Library, 7:00 PM

Eloisa James

Eloisa James is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 romance novels. From the very beginning, her books received wide acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of James’ first book: "I found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar.” James has been nominated for a RITA – the highest award in romance fiction – several times, and she won her first RITA in 2003. James graduated from Harvard and received post-graduate degrees from Oxford University and Yale University. In addition to being an author, James is a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University.
Listen to Eloisa James on a special AViD episode of the DMPL podcast!

Jon Ronson – Wednesday, April 12, Sheslow Auditorium, 7:00 PM

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is a Welsh nonfiction author, documentary maker, and screenwriter. He’s written ten books, including the best-sellers So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, and The Men Who Stare at Goats. Ronson regularly contributes to The Guardian and BBC Radio 4, where his series Jon Ronson On... has been shortlisted for the Sony Award four times. In the United States, Jon is a regular contributor to This American Life, GQ, The New York Times Book Review, and has appeared at TED and on The Daily Show.
Listen to Jon Ronson on a special AViD episode of the DMPL podcast!

Maureen Corrigan – Saturday, April 22, Central Library, 4:00 PM

Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan is an American journalist, author, and literary critic. Corrigan has served as the book critic for the award-winning NPR program Fresh Air for more than 25 years. She also serves as a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post’s Book World. Her literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005. In 2014, she released her book So We Read On, covering why The Great Gatsby remains so captivating and influential in American life.

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Nathan Hill – Thursday, May 11, Central Library, 7:00 PM

Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill is the author of the best-selling novel The Nix. His debut novel, The Nix was recognized as one of 2016’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Library Journal, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. A native Iowan, Hill received a BA in English and Journalism at the University of Iowa before attaining his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Hill has taught writing at Florida Gulf Coast University and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He currently resides in Naples, Florida.

Listen to Nathan Hill on a special AViD episode of the DMPL podcast!


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