Join us for dinner as Bill Bryson is honored with the 2014 Iowa Author Award. Tickets are $150. The Des Moines Public Library Foundation fund raiser is extra special this year as Michael Gartner returns as emcee.
Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain.
His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award.
He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.
His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home: a Short History of Private Life and his most recent critically lauded book, One Summer: America 1927 chronicles a forgotten summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever.
He was born in the American Midwest, and lives in the UK.