Wally Lamb will visit Des Moines on Tuesday, September 30 as part of a book tour for his newest book, We Are Water, a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy. The free program is scheduled for 7:00 PM in the Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus. Seating is first-come, first served. Books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. The talk will be moderated by Dr. David Maxwell, president of Drake University.
Lamb is the author of four New York Times best-selling novels: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True, and She’s Come Undone and was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club. We Are Water is his fifth novel. His first book, Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story is being made into a feature film shot in Connecticut this summer, with Lamb serving as executive producer.
Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past fourteen years. A sought-after keynote speaker, he has spoken at universities and colleges, libraries, arts and lecture venues, and literary festivals across the country. Lamb has a BA and MA from University of Connecticut and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He and his family live in Connecticut.
The Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) Author Series is sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation with financial support from the following generous donors: Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Douglas & Deborah West, Wells Fargo, Downtown Community Alliance, Wonder of Words Festival, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ellen Hubbell, Dr. Richard Deming, Principal Financial Foundation, Kelly & Brad Edmister, and Rusty Hubbell. In-kind support has been provided by: Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, Iowa Public Radio, Iowa History Center at Simpson College, Drake University, and University of Iowa Alumni Association.