You can celebrate the written word in Downtown Des Moines at the Wonder of Words Festival on Saturday, April 22! The festival, hosted by the Downtown Community Alliance, will take place at the Des Moines Public Library’s Central Library with local and national renowned authors and interactive activities. The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so join for all or part of the day. Bring family and friends and open your mind to the power of reading and writing!
The event will feature:
- National authors including:
- Caron Levis, the author of “Ida, Always,” a beautiful portrait of friendship.
- Debra Prinzing, the author of “Slow Flowers,” which has led a movement encouraging people to look local for their floral needs.
- Maureen Corrigan, an author and highly trusted and beloved book critic who reviews books for NPR’s “Fresh Air” and also serves as a columnist for The Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University.
- Morning yoga and reading with Andy Douglas, author of “The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga.”
- An interactive Des Moines Writers’ Workshop and publishing panel.
- Kar Gustafson, owner of Curtain Call Kids, will lead a workshop that will show kids and adults alike how to take characters off the pages of their favorite fairy tales and bring them to life on stage.
- The MidAmerican Children’s Book Nook will feature story times with Everybody Wins! Iowa, local illustrator Nathan Wright, local author Ricky Dragoni and royal visits from a surprise princess.
- A storytelling workshop and competition for both adults and children.
- A Festival Bookstore with a selection of books from Beaverdale Books written by both local and nationally acclaimed authors presenting at The Festival.
- Much more!