AViD 2019

AViD 2019

The Des Moines Public Library is thrilled to announce our lineup for the 19th annual Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series. Included in the lineup are best-selling writers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a National Book Award finalist, a Man Booker Prize finalist and NAACP Image Award winner, and the authors of some of 2018's most revered and acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. Mark your calendars for these six dates. 

Susan Orlean at the DSM Book Festival

Susan Orlean

Saturday, March 30, 4:00 PM, Capital Square

Orlean is the author of the 2018 best-seller, The Library Book, as well as the 1998 nonfiction classic, The Orchid Thief. She joins fellow headling authors Nnedi Okorafor and Garth Stein at the inaugural DSM Book Festival

Laurie Frankel

Laurel Frankel

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM, Central Library

Laurie Frankel is the author of the best-selling 2017 novel, This is How It Always Is, about a family whose youngest son declares that he wants to be identified as a girl. The book was chosen as a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club pick.

Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

Monday, April 22, 7:00 PM, Central Library

After publishing his debut novel, The Fishermen, in 2015, Obioma won a NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. His new novel, the critically acclaimed An Orchestra of Minorities, is being hailed as one of the most anticipated books of 2019.

Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM, Central Library

Smarsh's debut memoir, Heartland, was an instant best-seller upon release last year, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and National Book Award.

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 PM, Central Library

Miller’s 2018 novel, Circe, was a New York Times #1 best-seller and appeared on dozens of “best books of 2018” lists. The novel, a retelling of the story of the villainous goddess Circe, recasts the infamous figure from The Odyssey into a feminist hero. Circe was named Book of the Month's 2018 Book of the Year, as chosen by tens of thousands of book club members.

C.J. Chivers

C.J. Chivers

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 PM, Central Library

Journalist C.J. Chivers is one of this generation’s most revered war correspondents and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. His 2018 book, The Fighters, offers a vivid account of modern warfare told through the stories of a half-dozen American combatants.

AViD is graciously sponsored by:

 

AViD Book Collage

Susan Orlean
The Library Book (2018)
Rin Tin Tin (2011)
My Kind of Place (2004)
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup (2001)
The Orchid Thief (1998)

Laurie Frankel
This is How it Always Is (2017)
Goodbye for Now (2012)
The Atlas of Love (2010)

Chigozie Obioma
An Orchestra of Minorities (2019)
The Fishermen (2015)

Sarah Smarsh
Heartland (2018)

Madeline Miller
Circe (2018)
The Song of Achilles (2012)

C.J. Chivers
The Fighters (2018)
The Gun (2010)