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Prairie Meadows Authors Series

Celebrate your favorite authors with us at the DSM Book Festival! From our famous locals to internationally-acclaimed writers, join us to hear about their inspirations for their well-loved and well-read books. The 2022 Authors Series lineup will be announced at a later date, but in the meantime check out the books below from our 2021 lineup! 


2021 Headlining Authors

Tayari Jones, Author of "An American Marriage" – Presented by the Des Moines Public Library's AViD 

Tayari Jones

Over the course of her award-winning career, Tayari Jones’s novels and essays have explored the vagaries of birth and fate, the bitterness of injustice, and the persistent power of love. New York Times best-selling author, Tayari Jones, is the author of four novels, most recently “An American Marriage. Published in 2018, An American Marriage is an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and also appeared on Barack Obama’s summer reading list as well as his end of the year roundup. The novel was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award.  With over 500,000 copies in print domestically, it has been published in two dozen countries.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University, and is currently a Charles Howard Candler Professor at Emory University and A.D. White Professor At Large at Cornell University.

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Des Moines Public Library AViD

Chuck Klosterman, Author of "But What If We're Wrong?" – Presented by Kum & Go 

Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is an insightful guide into pop culture who has pinned down modern America like no one else in his bestselling, culture-defining books. He's a regular guy whose intellectual curiosity is insatiable and infectious, showing why "pop" is a conversation that anyone can join in on and capturing what it feels like to navigate our weird, wired, pop-obsessed moment right now.

Klosterman has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, SPIN, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The AV Club and ESPN.

Books by Klosterman:

  • "Sex, Drugs And Cocoa Puffs"
  • "I Wear The Black Hat"
  • "Downtown Owl"
  • "The Visible Man"
  • "Raised In Captivity"
  • "But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were The Past" 

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Lara Prescott, Author of "The Secrets We Kept" – Presented by The John Ruan Foundation 

Lara Prescott

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of "The Secrets We Kept." She lives in Austin, Texas.

Books by Prescott:

  • "The Secrets We Kept" 

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Taylor Jenkins Reid, Author of "Daisy Jones and the Six" – Presented by Polk County Board of Supervisors 

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid's "Daisy Jones and the Six" is a gripping novel about the rise and fall of an iconic 70s rock group and their beautiful, complex lead singer. It debuted at number three on the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed on the list for nine straight weeks. Amazon Studios has ordered a 13-episode limited series, co-produced with Reese Witherspoon's production company Hello Sunshine.

Books by Jenkins Reid:

  • "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo"
  • "One True Loves"
  • "Maybe in Another Life"
  • "After I Do"
  • "Forever, Interrupted" 

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