A First Sign of Spring: Authors in Bloom

Above: Visiting authors include, clockwise from upper left: Amor Towles, Jeremy Bernard, John Lescroart, Stephanie Powell Watts, Ryan Holiday and Lea Berman.

We always eagerly anticipate hearing about the new season of AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines). Once again, the lineup is stellar: This year’s seven acclaimed authors are sure to inform and inspire as they discuss topics as diverse as stoicism, the American Revolution and civility. The free presentations begin at 7 p.m.

• April 5: Entrepreneur Ryan Holiday, an expert on stoicism, will be at the Central Library. Holiday wrote the best-selling books “The Daily Stoic,” “Ego is the Enemy” and “Trust Me, I’m Lying.”

• April 10: Best-selling mystery writer John Lescroart will be at the Central Library. He’s best known for the Dismas Hardy series.

• April 23: Award-winning author Amor Towles will speak at Roosevelt High School. His latest book, “A
Gentleman in Moscow,” portrays a 1920s Russian aristocrat under house arrest at a luxurious hotel.

• May 3: Stephanie Powell Watts will be at Des Moines University. Her debut novel “No One Is Coming to Save Us” has been described as a modern version of “The Great Gatsby,” set in rural North Carolina.

• May 15: Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard, social secretaries for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, respectively, will be at the Central Library. Together, they wrote “Treating People Well,” a book that combines discussions on civility with some behind-the-curtain looks at life in the White House.

• June 14: Russell Shorto, who writes narrative history, will be at the Central Library to discuss his newest book, “Revolution Song,” which follows the story of the American Revolution through the viewpoints of six people.

“This lineup is very exciting,” says community engagement librarian Sue Woody. “It’s great that Des Moines is going to have a chance to hear from so many intelligent, charismatic people. … There’s no charge, no ticketing. Just come on in and hear from some wonderful minds.”

For more information on AViD and this year’s authors, visit dmpl.org/avid.

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