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.
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM, Central Library
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in 2016. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in 2017 and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in September 2019.
He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, and was met with critical acclaim. It was the first work centered on hip-hop to make the National Book Award nonfiction longlist and was a Kirkus Prize finalist. It was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Washington Post, GQ, Publishers Weekly, and others, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards for criticism. Abdurraqib has been called, "arguably America's greatest young writer."
Seating is first-come, first-served.
Free parking is available:
In the Des Moines Public Library parking garage, located on Grand Ave.
On the surface lot on the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave., across from the library.
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.