2022 Iowa Author Awards

  • Overview

    This year, we will honor three outstanding Iowa Authors at the event:

    • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Cullen (featured in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Gartner)
    • New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf 
    • Emerging author and magician Nate Staniforth

    In addition to celebrating our authors, we will also be recognizing recently retired Foundation director Dory Briles as our Friend of Literacy. 

    The evening will include a special announcement honoring the legacies of former Des Moines Public Library directors Elaine Estes and Forrest Spaulding.

    Our 2022 Iowa Author Awards Dinner offers you the opportunity to support the library and participate in an evening celebrating the Magic of Libraries.