The Des Moines Public Library has made the decision to postpone the first four events in the 2020 AViD speaker series. We are working on rescheduling as many of these events as possible. As of now, the May events in the series are still scheduled.
The 20th anniversary of Authors Visiting in Des Moines has arrived! The Des Moines Public Library's AViD series, sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation and its generous donors, brings prominent national and international authors to central Iowa for free speaking engagements each spring. Past speakers include Susan Orlean (2019), Amor Towles (2018), Rebecca Skloot (2015), Amy Tan (2013), Rainbow Rowell (2011), Janet Evanovich (2006), and dozens more since 2001.
Our 2020 lineup features a slate of bestselling authors ranging from a Women's Prize for Fiction Winner, to a former National Book Award winner and multiple NBA finalist, to a 2019 National Book Award finalist, to the author of a New York Times "Best Book of the Year" pick and Carnegie Medal finalist, to one of the world's most popular storytellers. Meet the authors of some the most recent revered and acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction in recent years.
David Baldacci is the bestselling author of more than forty novels. After practicing law for nine years in Washington D.C., Baldacci published his first novel, a political thriller titled Absolute Power, in 1996. The book was adapted into a feature film with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. Since then, Baldacci has sold more than 150 million copies of his books worldwide, including in more than 80 countries and 45 languages.
Baldacci newest book, Walk the Wire, continues the #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series. The books feature Amos Decker, an extraordinary detective who, because of a life-changing brain injury, remembers everything, including painful things he would give anything to forget. In Walk the Wire, Decker and his colleague Alex Jamison are brought into a booming fracking town in North Dakota. As the population booms, crime increases, and now Amos and Alex must investigate the shocking death of a young woman. It will be released on April 21, the day before Baldacci arrives in Des Moines.
In 2008, Baldacci won the International Thriller Writers first ever Silver Bullet Award, which recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement in philanthropic endeavors. His family’s Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. He also received the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia in 2017.
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Free parking is available in the Franklin Jr. High lots, 4801 Franklin Ave.
At the end of the program, there will be a question and answer period. A book signing will follow.
Books will be available to purchase before and after the program courtesy of Beaverdale Books.