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.
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice.
In 2017, Quinn released The Alice Network. The book was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. It’s the story of two women: a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. It was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, and was one of Bookbub’s Historical Fiction Books of the year.
Her 2019 follow-up, The Huntress was an instant New York Times bestseller, and named one of the best books of the year by Marie Claire and Bookbub. The novel tells the story of a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.
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 Book