Author Visit

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.

Wonder of Words Festival

Apr 22
Saturday 9:00 am
The 2017 Wonder of Words Festival will celebrate the written word with local and national authors. New this year is a collaboration with the Des Moines Public Library. The indoor festival features presentations and book signings by authors of both national and local acclaim, as well as workshops, children’s entertainment/activities, and a storytelling competition.

The lineup will feature best-selling and nationally-renowned authors including:

• Caron Levis the author of Ida, Always a beautiful portrait of friendship.

AViD presents Maureen Corrigan

Apr 22
Saturday 4:00 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.

Maureen Corrigan will take part in AViD in conjunction with the Wonder of Words Festival on Saturday, April 22. Corrigan is best known as the book critic of the popular NPR Radio program Fresh Air.

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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