Novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Peter Hedges will be appearing at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater as part of his book tour for his newest work, The Heights. He also wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and is the writer-director of Pieces of April and Dan in Real Life. He co-wrote the screenplay for About a Boy and was nominated for an Academy Award. Hedges grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Valley High School. He now lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, NY. This author appears as part of the tenth anuual AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Author Series presented by the Des Moines Public Library.