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.
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.
Join us for a discussion of The Good Divide by Iowa author Kali VanBaale. Ms. VanBaale will be present to give a presentation on her book and answer questions. Copies of the book may be picked up from the library. Treats provided.
Jennifer Wilson will be on hand for a lively discussion of her book WATER: love, politics, power, and Iowa's most essential science lesson.