Central Library

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: 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.

Cosplay 101

May 4
Monday 5:30 pm
Mandi Arthur-Struss, costume designer and cosplay enthusiast, will share her experience and enthusiasm for Cosplay. What is Cosplay? It is wearing a costume based on a character from a movie, book, or video game. Mandi will share cosplay history, techniques, and construction tips. Join her in Meeting Room 3 at 5:30.

LibCon 2015

May 4
Monday 4:00 pm
Calling all comic book and science fiction fans! The Des Moines Public Library and Iowa Comic Book Club are hosting LibCon 2015, a celebration of comic books and science fiction. Meet local artists and authors, or attend one of our special presentations. There will fun activities for all ages. Capes, tights, and other costumes are encouraged!

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.


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