Saturday Special

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Mar 30
Saturday 2:00 pm
Actor Tom Milligan portrays Jay N. Ding Darling as he visits with the audience in his 11th floor office at The Des Moines Register. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling's influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today. This program is made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa.

AViD Presents: Susan Orlean at the DSM Book Festival

Mar 30
Saturday 4:00 pm

To kick off the 2019 season, AViD presents Susan Orlean at the DSM Book Festival. She is the author of the critically acclaimed 2018 best-seller, The Library Book, a love letter to libraries that doubles as a true crime exploration of the massive unsolved 1986 fire that damaged the Los Angeles Public Library. Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club selected the book as its first 2019 read. Orlean’s 1998 nonfiction classic, The Orchid Thief, was adapted into the Academy Award-winning feature film, Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep as the author.


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