Iowa Author Awards

The Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Invites You to Spend an Evening In Conversation with John Irving

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM VIP Reception with Irving
5:30 - 6:30 PM Reception with Cash Bar
6:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner and Program

Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street
Des Moines, Iowa

Join us for this rare opportunity to see one of America’s most popular and respected writers. John Irving is a National Book Award winner for The World According to Garp, and an Academy Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules, based on his popular book.

Irving will be recognized with the 2017 Iowa Author Award. Many of his books include Iowa as a setting. He taught for, and earned his MFA from, the University of Iowa where he studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with Kurt Vonnegut. Irving’s novels are American classics – each one a publishing event.

A former competitive wrestler and coach, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 2001 he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Irving has won the O. Henry Award and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Plan to join us as we honor The Easter Family with the 2017 Friend of Literacy Award.

Enjoy a delicious fall harvest dinner and wine.

We expect a sold-out event, so make your reservations today! The dinner is a benefit for the Des Moines Public Library Foundation.

Individual tickets are $200 ($140 tax deductible). Sponsorships are available, including a pre-dinner VIP Reception with John Irving. Click on the 2017 Sponsor and Ticket Opportunity link below for all the details. Then click on the Reservation/Confirmation form link below to make your reservation. If you have questions, please contact Dory Briles, or 515-248-6402.

There will be no tickets issued for this event. Please stop at the registration table, outside the Grand Ballroom, for your table number.

Sponsorship Opportunities »

Ticket and Sponsorship Order Form »

Mr. Irving will not be signing books at the event. Copies of his signed books are included in the sponsor packages.

Publisher's Prize Sponsors

Des Moines Register Logo Meredith Logo

John & Mary Pappajohn


Feed Energy - Kay & Bob Riley
Chuck Rohm
Walt Smith Family Foundation
Karen Shaff & Steven Jayne
Mary and Tom Urban


Bankers Trust
Pam Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
Dory Briles and Dawn Taylor
Davis Brown Law Firm
Ann Flood
Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library - Carole Frier
Gartner Family Foundation
Knapp Properties
Carolyn Lynner – Iowa Realty
Mars Café: Susan Skinner and Mark Movic
Helen Redmond
John Ruan Foundation Trust
Rachel Stauffer & Jim Lawson
Substance Architecture
Susan and Carl Voss
Wells Fargo
Deborah and Douglas West
West Bank


Wild Rose Entertainment

Contact the Foundation

Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Dory Briles, Executive Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

or Download Our Donation Form

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