Author Visit

AViD Author Visit: John Stauffer

Jun 23
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Stauffer, a Des Moines native, is the author or editor of fifteen books and more than 100 articles, including two that have been national bestsellers: GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and State of Jones, co-authored with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross. His most recent book, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, co-authored with Benjamin Soskis, was a Lincoln Prize finalist.

AViD Author Visit: Marisa de los Santos

May 19
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Marisa de los Santos will visit Des Moines on book tour for her captivating new novel, The Precious One, a story of friendship, family, second chances, and the redemptive power of love. Told in alternating voices, the book is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.

AViD Author Visit: Robin Oliviera

Apr 20
Monday 7:00 pm
Selected as the 2015 All Iowa Reads title, My Name is Mary Sutter features Mary Sutter, a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine— and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.

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: Steve Berry

Apr 10
Friday 7:00 pm
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel, and his newest book, The Patriot Threat, is no exception. With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the one dollar bill, his newest story poses a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

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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