Iowa Author Awards

2017 Iowa Author Awards Dinner

Attendees’ comments best describe the memorable October 21 fundraiser.

“Not only was it a successful fundraiser, I felt like the hour John Irving and David Chivers were on stage was an hour of intense, thoughtful reflection on life in general for the whole crowd.”
“What an event and what a crowd! Last night’s event was stellar and I heard nothing but praise from all the people I had a chance to visit with. The food was excellent, the setting was lovely, and the evening was, indeed, a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event.”
“I thought it was one of the best programs I’ve ever been a party to; it made me proud of our community.”
“From the point of view of our table everything was spot on wonderful. Food, acoustics, presentations and the engaging interview. My appreciation for John Irving and his work was enhanced so much. Five Star review.”

John Irving, one of America’s most popular and respected writers, was presented the 2017 Iowa Author Award. He mesmerized the crowd during his conversation with David Chivers, Regional President of Register Media and Iowa City Press-Citizen Media.

East Family Recognition

The Easter Family was recognized as the 2017 Friends of Literacy for their generous contributions to the Library Foundation and support of other education and quality of life organizations.

Publisher's Prize Sponsors

Des Moines Register Logo Meredith Logo

John & Mary Pappajohn

Heritage Sponsors

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

Bestseller Sponsors

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


Teresa and David Chivers
Wild Rose Entertainment

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