Tracey Garvis Graves Book Signing

New York Times Bestselling Author Tracey Garvis Graves will be signing copies of On the Island, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish.  

Artist in Residence – Robert Lemay

Mr. Lemay is a Canadian artist who will be talking about still-life using his original piece, Twenty-Two-Books, which is part of the Graceland fine arts collection. His talk will be held in the Shaw Center, Carol Hall, and is … More

Old News, New News: 220 Years of Journalistic Wisdom

Veteran journalists Larry Cotlar (sports radio personality, Cumulus Media, Drake University), Janette Larkin (Business Publications Corporation publisher), Rekha Basu (Des Moines Register columnist), Dave Busiek (KCCI News Director) and Rob Dillard (Iowa Public Radio programming host) will discuss the changing … More

Hands-on Book Fest

The Des Moines Rotary Club in partnership with the Central Library, will host fifth-grade students from area elementary to spend the day learning all about books. By invitation only.

Pie School with Author Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is a writer, teacher and baker. She recently released her first cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter. She was raised in the Pacific Northwest by Iowans and has judged the Iowa State Fair Pie Contest, … More

Author John Shors Presentation

Des Moines native and best-selling author John Shors will discuss his novels, including Beneath a Marble Sky, a historical fiction book about the building of the Taj Mahal, and Temple of a Thousand Faces, which brings to life the legendary … More

RunDSM spoken word presentation

Spoken word performance, slam poetry readings by local high school and college students. $5 admission. Movement 515 is a creative writing community where, once a week, students and teachers come together to write spoken word, performance poetry. Attempting to slow … More

(Pub)lishers Crawl  

5 to 5:45 p.m. – El Bait Shop, Maureen Ogle, In Meat We Trust 6 to 6:45 p.m. – High Life Lounge, Dave Price, Caucus Chaos 7 to 7:45 p.m. – El Bait Shop, J. Wilson, Iowa Pints 8 to … More