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Karin Slaughter

Karen Slaughter

Wednesday, August 24 | 7:00 PM | Central Library

Karin Slaughter is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, including the Edgar–nominated Cop Town and standalone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. She is published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. Her newest book, Girl, Forgotten, will be released on Tuesday, August 23.

Girl Forgotten


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Local Author Panel

Local Author Panel

Tuesday, June 7 | 7:00 PM | Central Library

Joining us will be a panel of popular, distinguished local figures who are also published authors: Dr. Richard Deming, Neil Hamilton, and Jim Autry. We’ll be discussing their works and how their unique experiences in Des Moines and Iowa led them to where they are now.


Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer

Thursday, March 17 | 7:00 PM | Central Library

Brad Meltzer is a television personality and best-selling author of a dozen thrillers and several nonfiction books. His latest thriller, The Lightning Rod, will be released in March and is the follow-up novel to his 2018 #1 New York Times bestseller, The Escape Artist.

The Lightning Rod Cover


Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley

Saturday, March 26 | 5:00 PM | DSM Book Festival

Angeline Boulley is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel and was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. It was named by Time Magazine as one of the best 100 young adult books of all-time.

Firekeeper's Daughter


Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell

Thursday, April 21 | 7:00 PM | Central Library

Amanda Montell is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction book Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism. The book was an indie bestseller and named one of the best books of 2021 by NPR and other outlets. She’s also the co-host of the popular podcast Sounds Like a Cult.

Cultish Large



Lauren Groff

Thursday, May 5 | 7 PM | Franklin Jr. High, 4801 Franklin Ave.

Lauren Groff is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award. Her newest book, Matrix, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal for Excellence. It was also named of the 10 best books of the year by the Washington Post and was one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2021.



Jason Mott

Jason Mott

Wednesday, May 25 | 7:00 PM | Central Library

Jason Mott is the author of Hell of a Book, a bestseller and the winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. It’s a story that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans, and America as a whole.

Hell of a Book

Books from AViD Authors