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Attend The DSM Book Festival

Event Details  |  Live Podcast  |  VIP  |  Merchandise

The DSM Book Festival is transitioning its programming and events to a hybrid format. All activities will be available online, and a selection will be offered in a small, in-person and socially distanced format.

Hear nationally-acclaimed authors, engage in exciting discussions, discover new books, purchase merchandise perfect for book lovers and celebrate your favorite stories in a vibrant community celebration.

Festival programming and events are FREE thanks to the DSM Book Festival sponsors. Fees apply for select premium workshops and VIP experiences.

Event Details


  • Saturdays, March 27 to April 17, 2021
  • Programs will be available between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


All activities are available online. A selection of in-person activities will be available in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) at Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines.

Schedule & Programming

Get a Sneak Peek with Broads and Books!

Start the DSM Book Festival off with a laugh and a sneak peek at the keynote authors and events at this live podcast event.

The Broads will tackle a new theme: the authors at the DSM Book Festival! Come hear about the authors you’ll be seeing each week and get their take on their incredible books. Along the way, they’ll tell some of their favorite stories, answer reading questions and start The Festival off right. Whether you’re a long-time listener or new to the Broads, you’ll leave with your love of books renewed.

Plus, submit your questions for live answers, the chance to be featured during the live event and win a special prize! Please submit your questions to admin@broadsandbooks.com by March 25 to be entered in the drawing.

Learn more about Broads and Books and listen to their latest podcast episodes on the Broads and Books website.


Show your love of reading with DSM Book Festival merchandise! Check out our soft tees, tote bags, booklights and more!

Visit Festival Shop

Just For Kids 

Looking for kids’ activities? Check out Just for Kids sponsored by Bankers Trust for downloadable coloring sheets, games and more!


Be a Festival VIP!

Attending an online event doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with your favorite author in the Prairie Meadows Author Series. Become a Festival VIP and gain admission into an exclusive limited capacity online event featuring the keynote author of your choice. VIPS also receive an autographed book and other special treats. Packages may be picked up at the Festival Information Office or shipped, additional fees apply.

Each VIP Experience Includes:

  • Admission for one device to join an exclusive Zoom call with the author following their presentation. This will be a small group session available only to Festival VIPs.
  • One autographed book.
  • One commemorative leather bookmark created by The Permanent Collection.
  • A special treat from The Purveyor.


Visit the registration page to select your event(s) and date(s)!

Register Here