2018 Iowa Author Awards Dinner

Debbie Hubbell with Nick Nolte at book signing.
Debbie Hubbell with Nick Nolte at book signing.

Kay and Bob Riley served as the Honorary Chairs for the Foundation’s major fundraiser held on October 5, 2018.

Principal was honored with the 2018 Friend of Literacy Award for their continuous and generous support including contributions for the capital campaign, the Technology Fund, Summer Reading & School Readiness, and AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines).

Actor, producer, author, and former model, Nick Nolte, entertained the crowd with stories from his early life and his long film career. He was described asintelligent, entertaining, refreshing, unfiltered, enjoyable, and a force of nature. It was a fun event and attendees remarked:

 “Nick was definitely a wonderful story teller, and made it so worth it.”

  “Nolte was a win. Certainly random, but full of good stories and one liners.”

VIP Meredith J. Wilson and Sasha
All attendees received a copy of Nolte’s book, Rebel – My Life Outside the Lines. Nolte was generous of his time and energy and stayed late to autograph books and take photos with those in attendance.


Courtney Crowder and Nick Nolte on stage.
Nolte “in conversation” with Courtney Crowder, the new Iowa Columnist for The Des Moines Register.


Participants laughed through the game, "Between the Covers."
Participants laugh through the game, “Between the Covers.” 


We want to thank our wonderful sponsors for supporting this event:

Publisher's Prize Sponsor

 The Des Moines Register

Heritage Sponsors

  • Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
  • Debbie and Mike Hubbell
  • Rusty Hubbell
  • Meredith Corporation
  • John and Mary Pappajohn
  • Principal
  • Kay and Bob Riley
  • Chuck Rohm
  • Karen Shaff and Steven Jayne
  • Walt Smith Family Foundation

Best Seller Sponsors

  • Dory Briles and Dawn Taylor
  • Davis Brown Law Firm
  • Ann Flood
  • Gartner Family Foundation
  • Tim Hickman and Frank Vaia
  • Trudy Holman Hurd
  • Mary K. and Daniel M. Kelly Family Foundation
  • LWBJ
  • Mars Café: Susan Skinner and Mark Movic
  • Helen Redmond
  • Rachel Stauffer and Jim Lawson
  • Martha and Steve Stephenson
  • Substance Architecture
  • Waldinger Corporation
  • Deborah and Douglas West

Underwriter Sponsors

  • Allison and Jim Fleming
  • Louise and John Grzbowski
  • Knapp Properties

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Des Moines Radio Group
  • Hilton Des Moines Downtown
  • Josephs Jewelers
  • Koch Brothers
  • Lamar Advertising
  • Plaza Florist & Gifts

Thanks to Koch Office Group for the design and printing of the program booklet.

Thanks to Plaza Florist & Gifts for arranging and donating the flowers for the centerpieces.

Thanks to Jennifer Madara for the invitation design.

Photography by Steve Pope