Iowa Author Awards

John Sandford IAD 2019

The New York Times best-selling author of 52 books and a Pulitzer Prize winner for journalism was the 2019 Iowa Author Award winner. Sandford spoke in conversation with Courtney Crowder, the Iowa columnist for The Des Moines Register on Oct. 1, 2019.


Belinda Alexander Selling Book Covers
Between the Covers - Sasha and Sandford
Book Signing - Jayne and Comer
Cory and Jayne - Podium and Table
Crowder and Sandford
Jayne and Brownell - Friends of Literacy
McCoy, Kaut, Newkirk
Riley, Kay, Brody, Shelley
Hubbell and Scheidler
Sandford seated

About John Sanford

  • John Sandford was born John Roswell Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Washington High School.
  • He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in American Studies and MA in journalism.
  • He served two years in the U.S. Army in Korea with the 4th U.S. Army Missile Command as Army Reporter.
  • He took writing courses at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
  • He wrote articles for The Daily Iowan.
  • He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for a series of stories on the Midwest farm crisis.
  • He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for a series of stories on Native American culture.

2019 Friend of Literacy

The Polk County Board of Supervisors will be recognized as the 2019 Friend of Literacy. We honor them for their support of literacy and education.

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