Meet The Latest Iowa Author Of The Year

Nikole Hannah-Jones will release two books on Nov. 16: “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water,” a children’s picture book, and “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.” Photo: Des Moines Public Library Foundation

The Des Moines Library Foundation announced Waterloo native Nikole Hannah-Jones as its 2021 Iowa Author of the Year. Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for developing the 1619 Project, a long-form journalism project picked up by the New York Times focusing on the history of slavery and contributions of Black Americans in the United States.

The foundation will host a conversation with Hannah-Jones on Nov. 21 at the Embassy Suites downtown (101 E. Locust St.). The VIP reception starts at 5 p.m., with registration and a silent auction following at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and program kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125. Find more information here.

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