Wonder of Words Line-Up

Prairie Meadows Author Zone

Caron Levis, Author of “Ida Always” — presented by Voya Financial®

10 – 11 a.m.

Come join Caron Levis, author of “Ida, Always” as she reads from her beloved children’s book and talks about her upcoming new releases, “May I Have A Word?” and “Stop That Yawn!” “Ida, Always” is a beautiful portrait of friendship, told by two iconic polar bears, who live in a big park in an even bigger city. NPR named her book one of the best of 2016 — come find out why!

About Caron Levis: Caron Levis is the author of the picture book “Ida, Always” which The New York Times Book Review calls, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Her first picture book, “Stuck with the Blooz,” was selected as one of Bankstreet College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. Forthcoming titles include “May I Have A Word?” and “Stop That Yawn!.” Caron is an adjunct professor and the advisor for The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA program, where she earned her degree. She has a Licensed Master Social Worker degree from Hunter College. After many years as an arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops.

Debra Prinzing, Author of “Slow Flowers” — presented by Meredith Corporation

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

This earth day, spend a little time slowing down to smell the roses! Come join renowned garden author and podcast host Debra Prinzing for a presentation on the Slow Flower movement. Debra’s movement encourages people to look local for their floral needs, and she will show you just how to do it. Learn about sustainable flower farm practices and tips on how to make conscious choices when shopping for flowers.

About Debra Prinzing: Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American flower farms and florists, shops and studios who source domestic and local flowers. She is the author of 10 books including “Slow Flowers” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet.” Each Wednesday, Debra’s “Slow Flowers Podcast” is available for free downloads at DebraPrinzing.com.

AViD Author Maureen Corrigan — presented by the Des Moines Public Library

4 – 5 p.m.

Maureen Corrigan is America’s most trusted and beloved book critic. You have heard her reviews on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Now come experience her live. Her distinctive voice is at once incisive and accessible, like a well-read friend who always sends you home with a good book to read. Come learn all about the life-long impact of the written word and which books should occupy some space on your nightstand.

About Maureen Corrigan: For more than 20 years Maureen has been the book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air.” She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University where her courses are very popular. As a lecturer she’s been described as “brilliant,” “hilarious,” “passionate” and “eloquent.” She is the author of two books of her own: “Leave me Alone I’m Reading” and “So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures,” which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Library Journal.

Aside from her writings for The Washington Post and The Village Voice, Maureen has also written reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Nation, among others. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. She has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Music Zone

  • Children’s Acoustic Songs with Bruce Day presented by BRAVO Greater Des Moines. (9 a.m. – Noon)
  • Ed Kelly Acoustic set presented by BRAVO Greater Des Moines. (1- 4 p.m.)

Wells Fargo Workshop Zone

Morning Yoga and Reading with Andy Douglas — presented by EMC Insurance Companies

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Need a little Om to start your day? Join Andy Douglas, the Iowa author of “The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga,” for a reading from his new book and a micro yoga class. This presentation will wake up your body, mind and spirit. Feel free to bring your own mat and get ready to open your mind!

About Andy Douglas: Andy Douglas is the author of “The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga.” He was born in Brazil to missionary parents, and travel and spiritual practice have shaped his life ever since. He has practiced yoga and meditation for 30 years, and lived for seven years in various countries of Asia. After returning from Korea in 1990, he worked as a journalist and public radio announcer before receiving a bachelors’ degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. In 2005, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, also from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Marcus Bach Fellowship for Writing about Religion and Culture.

Creating Character with Curtain Call Kids — presented by Community Choice Credit Union

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join Kar Gustafson, owner of Curtain Call Kids, for a workshop that will show kiddos and adults alike how to take characters off the pages of their favorite fairy tales and bring them to life on the stage! This fun informal workshop will focus on character development and creative exploration. Come ready to brainstorm!

 How to  The Art of  Improving  Revising your Work — presented by Knapp Properties, Inc.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

The Des Moines Writers’ Workshop is a writing critique group for active writers of all levels and abilities. We focus on fiction of all genres and narrative nonfiction. The Des Moines Writers’ Workshop offers several levels of critique groups ranging from how to start your novel all the way up to an intensive workshop experience. Come join them in this interactive workshop. Additional details to be announced.

Des Moines Writers’ Workshop Publishing Panel — presented by American Enterprise

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, esteemed local authors from the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop. Come hear from emerging and established local writers in this panel that discusses how to navigate the publishing process. Hear from members of the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop and their experiences working with publishers big and small, as well as self-publishing methods.

Storytelling Zone

Storytelling for Kids and Grown Ups — presented by Bankers Trust

Get your feet wet in the wonderful world of storytelling, with professional spinner Maureen Korte. Learn about the history of oral traditions all over the world and tips on how to carefully craft your own compelling story to share in an afternoon storytelling competition. Spaces will be available for both children and adults to share their tales related to the theme: Rain or Shine. Stories will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges, and the top three contestants from each age group will receive exciting prizes.

  • Storytelling Workshop – Maureen Korte, Professional Storyteller (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Children’s Storytelling Competition (1 – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Adult Storytelling Competition (2:30 – 4 p.m.)

MidAmerican Children’s Book Nook

Story Time

Looking for a little downtime in between workshops? Stop by the MidAmerican Book Nook on the lower level of the library for story time. Local authors and non-profits will be sharing their favorite books along with interactive activities designed for youngsters!

  • Everybody Wins! Iowa (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Nathan Wright (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Frog Princess & Rapunzel (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Karla Hansen (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Create a Musical with Curtain Call Kids (1:30 – 3 p.m.)
  • Courtney Behrens (3 – 4 p.m.)

Festival Bookstore

Shop local with Beaverdale Books. Browse a selection of books written by both local and nationally acclaimed authors presenting at the festival. Make sure you go green, this earth day and purchase your Wonder of Words Festival canvas tote to haul your new reading material.