Poet Billy Collins’ Presentation

Mr. Collins has been called “the most popular poet in America” and his level of fame is almost unprecedented in the world of contemporary poetry.  He served two terms as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003.  His work has been described … More

David Mackaman “Lunch Outside the Box” Author Series

Mackaman, an accomplished bank president from America’s heartland leaves his career to embark on a pilgrimage that tells the story of inspiration, sorrow, joy, forgiveness, wonder and awakening in Dogmatic Slumber: My Journey to Awakening. David Mackaman, who lives in … More

Ty Smedes “Lunch Outside the Box” Author Series

Renowned Iowa nature photographer, Ty Smedes, puts the best of Iowa images together to create beautiful books. His presentation will feature photos from his newest book, The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles which chronicles the comeback of eagles from the … More

Author Chad Lewis Presentation

Author of The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations explores haunted bridges, cemeteries, historic homes, roads, theatres and much more. Mr. Lewis is also researcher and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in Psychology and … More

Iowa Authors Award Dinner, An Evening with Bill Bryson

Featuring author Bill Bryson and author/journalist/businessman Michael Gartner $150 tickets, fundraiser for Des Moines Public Library); silent auction; contact Dory Briles at dlbriles@dmpl.org or 515.248.6402 for tickets/table sponsorship info.  www.billbryson.co.uk Presented by: Des Moines Public Library/Des Moines Public Library Foundation  

Meet the Author:  Historian Heath Lee

Author Heath Lee serves as coordinator of the History Series for Salisbury House & Gardens and comes from a museum education, historic preservation, and writing background. She will discuss her book, Winnie Davis: Daughter the Lost Cause, that tells the … More