Author Heath Lee serves as coordinator of the History Series for Salisbury House & Gardens and comes from a museum education, historic preservation, and writing background. She 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.
Dr. Ann M. Crowley is a registered dietician and commercial food photographer who has combined the art and science of food in a wonderful recipe collection. As an associate professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and Director of Nutrition Services at the university of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she published extensively in professional and popular journals. Her weekly food and nutrition column was published in newspapers throughout the Midwest for thirty-two years. She has travelled extensively.
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.
Chad Lewis is the author of The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations, which explores haunted bridges, cemeteries, historic homes, roads, theaters, and much more. Lewis is a researcher and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in Psychology and he holds both a BS and MS degree in the field. For past twenty years, he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history. www.chadlewisresearch.com
David Mackaman, who lives in Des Moines, is spending retirement from a thirty-year banking career writing, mentoring and volunteering. He is the incoming chairman of the Iowa Natural History Foundation and is also on the board of ChildServe.
Des Moines native and best-selling author John Shors will discuss his novels, including Beneath A Marble Sky, about the building of the Taj Mahal, and his newest novel, Temple of a Thousand Faces, which brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat. www.johnshors.com
Stop and Smell the Garbage: A Caregivers Story of Survival
Stop in for a spell and listen to Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. Wear your Halloween costume (if you dare but not required.)
Beth Howard, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House.