Cheryl Strayed, Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Karen Thompson Walker, Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Ayana Mathis, Sunday, April 28, 3:00 PM, Central Library
Michael Perry, Monday, May 13, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Mary Jane Clark, Monday, June 17, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Amy Tan, Sunday, November 10, 3:00 PM, Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
All events are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Cheryl Strayed kicks off the thirteenth season of the Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) Author Series with her hiking adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail. Karen Thompson Walker asks us to consider a future beyond our control when days grow longer and people must learn to cope. Ayana Mathis, recognized by Oprah’s new Book Club, will present her emotionally-charged stories of African Americans who left the south to make new lives. In May, Mike Perry will share his humor and appreciation of life in the rural Midwest. June is the season for brides and best-selling author Mary Jane Clark will visit Des Moines to share her newest wedding cake mystery. Then, in November, the legendary Amy Tan will provide a grand finale with a free AViD program about her newest book during this year’s Wonder of Words Festival!
Over the years, AViD has welcomed more than eighty nationally-recognized, best-selling authors to Des Moines. Its on-going success can be attributed to the strong support it receives from generous donors, collaborative publishers and book-sellers, and audience members like you! Please help us continue its success! Mark your calendar and attend the programs. Buy books at the events so that authors continue to schedule Des Moines as part of their book tours. Tell your friends and encourage book clubs, teachers, and other readers to attend!
Buy a MUG! You can show your AViD support by purchasing an AViD mug. Let your friends, family, and coworkers see what an AViD reader you are! Available April 1. Call 515-248-6401 or email Michele Hanna (email@example.com) at the Des Moines Public Library Foundation for more information.
The AViD Author Series is sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation with generous support from Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Downtown Community Alliance/WOW Festival, Douglas & Deborah West, Wells Fargo, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Richard Deming, Principal Financial Group Foundation, Harry Bookey & Pamela Bass-Bookey, Ellen Hubbell. Additional support provided by Dory Briles, Shelley & Martin Brody, Kelly & Brad Edmister, Rachel Stauffer & Jim Lawson, Eliza Ovrom & Mark Schuling, Kay & Bob Riley, Greg Heid, Glorious Desserts, Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, and Iowa Public Radio.
AViD events will be recorded, and can be view on DMTV on the following days:
-Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am
-Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00pm
-Wednesdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm