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.
David Nelsons, Tennessees Cowboy Poet Laureate, cowboy career began in the mid-1990s when he worked with the Kirkwell Cattle Company in Springfield Colorado. Cowboy Poetry has been around for centuries and is a unique form of storytelling. In America, it has its roots during the Great Cattle Drives of the 1880s. Cowboys would come in after working all day and sit around telling yarns in rhyme. In 2004, Nelson was given the title of "The Cowboy Poet Laureate of Tennessee" by Governor Bredesen and the General Assembly.
Join us for a special evening with best-selling author Mitch Albom, who will stop by Des Moines on tour for his newest book, The First Phone Call from Heaven.