Top: Susan Orlean, Laurie Frankel, Chigozie Obioma. Lower: Sarah Smarsh, Madeline Miller, C.J. Chivers.
The authors are coming! The Des Moines Public Library announced today the lineup of speakers for this spring’s AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Series, now in its 19th year. Other than the first program, all presentations in this free, public series begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library.
Susan Orlean – Saturday, March 30
The library is partnering with the DSM Book Festival to bring author Susan Orlean as a featured speaker at the festival in Capital Square. Orlean is the author of the acclaimed 2018 best-seller “The Library Book,” as well as the 1998 nonfiction classic “The Orchid Thief.”
Frankel is the author of the best-selling novel “This Is How It Always Is,” the story of a family struggling with the challenges of raising a transgender child. The author is the mother of a transgender child, as well.
Madeline Miller – Thursday, May 16
Madeline Miller’s 2018 novel, “Circe,” was a New York Times No. 1 best-seller, appeared on dozens of best-of lists, and was named the Booklist 2018 book of the year. The novel, a retelling of the story of the goddess Circe, recasts the infamous figure from “The Odyssey” into a feminist hero.
Chivers is a respected war correspondent and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for The New York Times, including the 2017 award for feature writing. His 2018 book, “The Fighters,” tells the story of American combatants in the Middle East, exploring the consequences of military decisions.