See the author at Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, 1501 Woodland Avenue in Des Moines. Journalist and native Midwesterner Nick Reding spent four years in Iowa prior to writing his New York Times bestseller. Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town tells the heroic story of the small town of Oelwein, Iowa, and the epidemic of drug abuse in rural America. Methland was picked as a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. The author appears as part of the tenth annual AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Author Series presented by the Des Moines Public Library.