Author Visit

Franklin’s Evening Book Discussion Welcomes Iowa Author Kali VanBaale

Aug 9
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Iowa-based author Kali VanBaale will discuss her new novel, The Good Divide, the story of a 1960’s Wisconsin dairy farm wife who finds her world shaken when a new sister-in-law dredges up dark secrets, long-kept lies, and the unresolved death of an old friend. Discussion will include a short visual presentation on Kali’s research for this novel, her own experiences growing up on a dairy farm, and the little-known genre of Midwestern Gothic fiction. Book Discussion copies will be available at Franklin Information desk, first come, first served.

AViD Presents Author James Edward Mills

Jun 4
Saturday 3:00 pm
Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) is proud to welcome author James Edward Mills to the Forest Avenue Library to discuss his recent book, The Adventure Gap. Mills will discuss why minority populations are less likely to seek recreation and adventure in the wilderness and what can be done to bridge that gap. This event is sponsored by the Forest Avenue Brick Fund Committee.

Patrick Phillips-Schrock: Nixon White House Redecoration

Jun 27
Monday 6:30 pm
Patrick Phillips-Schrock will take us behind the scenes in the creation of his latest book, The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program. Patrick, an Iowa native and resident of Urbandale, is also author of an earlier book, The White House: An Illustrated Architectural History, about which he is considered a foremost world authority. Come hear and see the intrigue behind a Nixon White House that erased the historic chic of the Kennedys to be replaced with cold museum installations, still in place 45 years later.

AViD Author Visit: Jon Katz

May 4
Monday 7:00 pm
Although best known for his endearing books about dogs, Jon Katz’s newest book, Saving Simon, is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir about his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. Katz tells the story of rescuing the neglected donkey, whose recovery was far from easy. But during the healing process, Simon revealed to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives, and how it can inspire us to take great risks.

AViD Author Visit: Rebecca Skloot

Apr 1
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot’s debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, where it remained for more than four years. The book was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S.


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