Admission: Free admission
Location: The Red Monk, El Bait Shop, The High Life Lounge
The 2013 Wonder of Words Pub(lishers) Crawl will feature the bars of Full Court Press, local celebrities and nationally known authors. Beginning at The Red Monk at 5pm, local business owner and author Mike Draper will read from his book, The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth. The crawl will then move to El Bait Shop where Drew Curtis, best-selling author and CEO of Fark.com will chat about the media, being a TED Fellow, and his newest endeavor: the Stone Farking Wheaton Woot Stout. Finally, the party will crawl back to The High Life Lounge where Mike Butterworth & Jason Walsmith of The Nadas will share a few of their favorite literary passages. The event will be hosted and emceed by Scott Siepker (aka, “The Iowa Nice Guy”).
About Drew Curtis
Drew is the Founder and CEO of Fark.com, the Internet’s primary source of news with a comedy twist. Fark was founded in 1999. Its current readership is 3 million uniques a month, 55 million pageviews. Fark’s audience is unusual in that it is 90% organic (typed into the address bar or from a favorite/bookmark) – by comparison 30% is considered to be high, 90% is unheard of. Fark has been a category on Jeopardy twice and is mentioned once every 1-2 days somewhere in mainstream media on a regular basis.
Drew has appeared on every major media news channel and show, both radio and TV, including Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Bob and Tom Show, and John Stossel. He is the author of It’s Not News It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News.
About Mike Draper
Born and raised in Van Meter, Iowa, Mike Draper left in 2000 to study history at the University of Pennsylvania and St Andrews University in Scotland. He returned to Iowa to found RAYGUN in 2005. In 2010 RAYGUN expanded its retail locations to Iowa City and spun off its print/design side into sister company, 8/7 CENTRAL in Des Moines.
Books will be available for purchase.
About Mike Butterworth & Jason Walsmith
The Nadas are a rock/folk quintet based out of Des Moines, Iowa. The band as formed in 1995 in Ames, Iowa by Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth. The Nadas earned early success on the local college scene, eventually becoming the “house” band for People’s Bar and Grill. Their initial success resulted in the first of eight albums, titled, “Not A Sound,”—a phonetic allusion to the band’s unique name. Following the success of “Not A Sound,” the band members embarked on the first of what would become regular tours, traveling throughout the country and performing at a variety of venues. The band was called “The Best College Band You’ve Never Heard Of” by Playboy Magazine in 2001. Their current album is “Lovejoy Revival” released on February 5, 2013.
About Scott Siepker
Scott Siepker is the host of the Emmy nominated Iowa Outdoors on Iowa Public Television. Scott got his acting start on stage at Iowa State University, where he also received his bachelor of science in psychology. Scott has gone on to act in dozens of plays, commercials, and miscellaneous live events. Scott was the star of the Webby Honoree viral video Iowa Nice, which was produced by the film company he is a founding member of, Iowa Filmmakers. With the follow ups Cyclone and Hawkeye Nice, ESPN took note and now Scott can every week on College Football Daily during football season.
Sponsored by: Douglas and Deborah West