Author Visit

Iowa's Most Haunted Locations

Oct 25
Wednesday 6:30 pm
Join Chad Lewis on a ghostly journey to the most haunted places in Iowa. It covers the entire state of Iowa from the Cursed Angel of Council Bluffs to the Hanging Ghost of Davenport. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard, no place in Iowa is without its own haunting. Complete with photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.

Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time

Jul 29
Saturday 2:00 pm

Rachelle Chase, author of Lost Buxton, will present “Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time.” In 1900, at a time when Jim Crow, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan kept blacks and whites separated, residents in Buxton, Iowa—a thriving coal mining town established by Consolidation Coal Company—lived, worked, and went to school side by side. African Americans—miners, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more—made up more than half of the population for the first 10 years and remained the largest ethnic group until 1914.

Iowa's Hidden Treasures! Presented by Dan Kaercher

Nov 8
Wednesday 6:30 pm
Dan Kaercher, retired Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Living magazine and former Iowa Public Television host, spent years traveling in almost every one of Iowa’s 99 counties in search of close-to-home attractions and getaways to share with his loyal readers and viewers. Historic sites, parks, natural wonders, quaint small towns, big-city attractions, museums, and eateries galore: You’ll be amazed to learn what surprises you don’t know await right in your own backyard–Iowa.

AViD presents Heather Gudenkauf

May 30
Tuesday 7:00 pm
The Des Moines Public Library is excited to announce this year’s full lineup for our Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) lecture series! Now in its 17th year, AViD is a highly acclaimed, free lecture series that connects world-famous authors with an audience from across the state.

Heather Gudenkauf wraps up the lecture series on Tuesday, May 30. Gudenkauf, who lives in Dubuque, will be celebrating the release of her newest novel, Not a Sound.

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.

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