AViD 2022

AViD Lineup

The Des Moines Public Library is thrilled to announce the 2022 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) lineup. We have six events planned this year, including visits from several bestsellers, a National Book Award winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a debut author that wrote what Time magazine called one of the 100 best young adult novels of all-time.

This year marks the first time in three years that we will have authors visiting in-person! We couldn't be more excited to bring a captivating, diverse lineup in to mark the occasion. 

Join the AViD livestream via Zoom! The waiting room will open at 6:55 PM the day of each livestreamed event. The password is "avid". 

Angeline Boulley's and Lauren Groff's events will not be livestreamed.


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 Large


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.

Previous AViD Authors - 2022

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.


Books from AViD Authors