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Podcast Picks with Stephanie Fruhling
Host Aaron Gernes chats with DMPL librarian Stephanie Fruhling! Stephanie came to the studio armed with fantastic reading recommendations to check out while keeping warm indoors this winter (preferably with a warm beverage and some PJ's, if you ask this podcast crew). Books mentioned in this episode include The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, Just One Damned Thing After Another, and Soul of an Octopus: a Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. For links to each of these books in our catalog visit this collection.
Holiday Reading Recommendations with Cat Bierling
Host Aaron Gernes chats with our very own librarian Cat Bierling! Cat stopped by the podcast studio with some great reading recommendations for this time of year. For everyone from Science Fiction lovers and History Buffs to Romance lovers and fans of children's books, Cat has a great recommendation. Books mentioned in this episode include The Library at Mount Char, Brian K. Vaughan's Saga series, and Death Descends on Saturn Villa. For links to each of these books in our catalog visit this collection.
Villisca Ax Murders Expert Dr. Ed Epperly
Host Aaron Gernes interviews Dr. Ed Epperly, nationally recognized expert historian of the Villisca Ax Murders. The brutal slaying of eight people that occurred on June 10, 1912 shocked the town of Villisca, IA and launched a years long investigation. To this day, the case remains unsolved. Dr. Epperly has been investigating the history of these events since 1955, when he was a UNI student doing a report on Iowa history. Dr. Epperly will be at the Franklin Avenue library on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM to share his research and answer questions. As part of the event there will be a screening of the short documentary Axman about Epperly and his obsession with this case.
Visiting author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Special guest host Mary Lee Woods interviews Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Phillips is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of dozens of books, and a five-time recipient of the RITA, the premier award given by the Romance Writers of America. Phillips talks about First Star I See Tonight, the eighth book in her popular Chicago Stars series, her writing habits, and her love of travel. She was at a special event at Franklin Avenue Library on Tuesday, September 13.
AViD Author Special with Jenny Lawson
Special host Laura Rowley interviews Jenny Lawson! Lawson is the bestselling author of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. In her book, Lawson explores her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety in the hysterical style she’s famous for. Lawson also wrote a memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her blog, thebloggess.com, has been nominated for multiple awards and has been recognized by Forbes and The Huffington Post. Lawson was also a contributor to the “Good Mom/Bad Mom” blog for the Houston Chronicle. Lawson visited Des Moines University as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 PM.
WoW Authors Special with Charlotte Rogan and Summer Miller
Host Aaron Gernes interviews two authors who will be in Des Moines for the Wonder of Words Festival, June 18-19, 2016! Charlotte Rogan is the author of the New York Times Best Seller The Lifeboat and novel Now and Again. Summer Miller is the author of New Prairie Kitchen, a new cookbook that profiles 25 of the most exciting and groundbreaking chefs, farmers, and producers of artisanal goods from the all over the Midwest. Visit wonderofwordsfest.com for more information about the festival.
AViD Author Special with James Edward Mills
Special host Laura Rowley interviews award winning journalist James Edward Mills. Mills’ book The Adventure Gap chronicles the first all-African American summit attempt on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Mills uses that mission to explore why minority populations are less likely to seek recreation and adventure in the wilderness and what can be done to bridge that gap. Mills’ goal is to inspire minority communities to look outdoors for experiences that will enrich their lives and to encourage them toward greater environmental stewardship. Mills is also an award-winning journalist and media producer. Mills visited the Forest Avenue Library as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 PM.
Summer Reading 2016
Summer is right around the corner and the Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Program is starting soon! Patti Graham, an educator from Lovejoy Elementary in Des Moines, and the library's own Miss Michelle, from the South Side library, stop by to talk to host Aaron Gernes about this year's Summer Reading program, how Summer Slide affects students, and the importance of reading over the summer. Summer Reading sign up starts on June 1 at all open branches of the Des Moines Public Library. Visit the Summer Reading page for more info and to sign up online starting June 1!
AViD Author Special with Pamela Smith Hill
Special host Laura Rowley interviews award winning author Pamela Smith Hill. Hill is editor of the bestseller Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This never-before-published autobiography had been hidden away since the 1930s before Hill took on the task of publishing Wilder’s work. It reveals much about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life on the frontier, which became the basis for her beloved Little House series. Hill has written her own biography on Wilder as well as three young adult novels. She visited the Roosevelt High School auditorium as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00 PM.
AViD Author Special with David Morrell
Special host Mike Woody interviews bestselling author David Morrell. Morrell is a former University of Iowa professor best known for his novel First Blood, which served as the foundation for the Rambo movie series. Morrell’s most recent work is an award-winning Victorian-era mystery series featuring real-life historical figure Thomas De Quincey. The first two books were titled Murder As a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead; the final book in the trilogy, Ruler of the Night, is due out in November. Morrell has written thirty-nine books to date, as well as comics featuring Captain America, Spiderman, and Wolverine. Morrell visited the Central Library as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Friday, April 29 at 7 PM.
AViD Author Special with Jacquelyn Mitchard
Special host Laura Rowley interviews #1 bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Mitchard is the bestselling author of twenty-two books. Her newest novel, Two If By Sea, is set to be released in March. Mitchard’s most critically acclaimed book, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the first novel selected for Oprah’s Book Club. In 2007, USA Today named The Deep End of the Ocean the second-most memorable book of the past twenty-five years. Mitchard visited the Central Library as part of this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 PM.
Storm Chasing with Jason Sydejko and Zach Sharpe
Meet the storm chasers! KCCI Meteorologist Jason Sydejko and Iowa Storm Chasing Network president Zach Sharpe share some incredible stories about chasing storms across the country. Jason and Zach visited the South Side Library on March 16, 2016. For more information about the Iowa Storm Chasing Network visit their site here.
AViD Author Special with Christina Baker Kline
Special host Laura Rowley interviews author Christina Baker Kline about her #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train and her life as a writer. A book club favorite, Orphan Train tells the story of a young Irish immigrant who, at the turn of the 20th century, is sent away on a train that transports unwanted and abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest. The novel was featured on several year-end “best of” lists and is being developed into a film. Kline is the author of four other novels: The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, Sweet Water, and Bird in Hand.
AViD Author Special with Karen Abbott
Special host Laura Rowley interviews bestselling author Karen Abbott about her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Abbott is the first author joining us for this year's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) events.Called “the pioneer of sizzle history” by USA Today, author and historian Karen Abbott discovers the untold tales of women in American history and brings to light their compelling stories. Her latest book is entitled Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. This book chronicles the lives of four women who risked everything by going undercover during the Civil War. Her previous books include Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul, and American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee.