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Why Should You Attend the 2024 DSM Book Festival? 

Book festival overhead view

National bestselling authors, acclaimed food vendors, expert nonprofits and more are staples of the DSM Book Festival. Attendees can enjoy live music while they shop for their next read and participate in hands-on workshops throughout the day. Festival merchandise is available to purchase and photo opportunities are plentiful with multiple book-themed displays posed throughout the Festival grounds. There is programming for attendees of all ages including an interactive kids’ zone. It all takes place in a festival setting in the heart of Downtown Des Moines (DSM).

The DSM Book Festival welcomed the following authors in 2023: 

  • Chris Bohjalian, author of 24 books including “The Lioness.” 
  • NoViolet Bulawayo, author of “Glory” and  “We Need New Names.” 
  • Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of the national bestselling novel “How High We Go in the Dark” 
  • Sarah Penner, New York Times and international bestselling author of “The Lost Apothecary” 

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Book festival kids zone book festival author panel Book festival vendor