The Des Moines Public Library is thrilled to announce our lineup for the 19th annual Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series. Included in the lineup are best-selling writers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a National Book Award finalist, a Man Booker Prize finalist and NAACP Image Award winner, and the authors of some of 2018's most revered and acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. Mark your calendars for these dates.
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Journalist C.J. Chivers is one of this generation’s most revered war correspondents and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. His 2018 book, The Fighters, offers a vivid account of modern warfare told through the stories of a half-dozen American combatants.
AViD is graciously sponsored by:
Prior AViD Authors in 2019
Susan Orlean at the DSM Book Festival
Saturday, March 30, 4:00 PM, Capital Square
Orlean is the author of the 2018 best-seller, The Library Book, as well as the 1998 nonfiction classic, The Orchid Thief. She joins fellow headlining authors Nnedi Okorafor and Garth Stein at the inaugural DSM Book Festival.
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Laurie Frankel is the author of the best-selling 2017 novel, This is How It Always Is, about a family whose youngest son declares that he wants to be identified as a girl. The book was chosen as a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club pick.
Monday, April 22, 7:00 PM, Central Library
After publishing his debut novel, The Fishermen, in 2015, Obioma won a NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. His new novel, the critically acclaimed An Orchestra of Minorities, is being hailed as one of the most anticipated books of 2019.
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Miller’s 2018 novel, Circe, was a New York Times #1 best-seller and appeared on dozens of “best books of 2018” lists. The novel, a retelling of the story of the villainous goddess Circe, recasts the infamous figure from The Odyssey into a feminist hero. Circe was named Book of the Month's 2018 Book of the Year, as chosen by tens of thousands of book club members.