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Activities & Discussions

Live Podcast  |  100 Years of Iowa State Parks  |  Faux Calligraphy  |  The Little Women Cookbook 
A Tale of Two Breweries  |  Writing for Teens & Teen Writers  |  Words & Wine 

Broads and Books Live Podcast

9 – 10 a.m.  |  Prairie Meadows Author Pavilion

The Broads and Books podcast is your weekly hit of book recommendations, crazy stories and laugh-out-loud moments. Each week hosts Amy and Erin pick a theme and then discuss two novels, two other genre books and two pop culture picks revolving around that week's theme. Along the way, they manage to overshare embarrassing stories, implicate themselves in crimes and reveal the deep terror of their mascot, Podcat. In this live event, the Broads will tackle the theme "Authors with Unique Paths to Writing."  Come hear about authors who've defied the odds to create powerful works and be inspired by writers who've carved extraordinary routes to publishing. Whether you're a longtime listener or new to the Broads, you'll leave with new titles for your to-read list, and your love of books will be renewed. 

Submit questions by March 26 for a chance to have them featured at The Festival! Learn more about Broads and Books and listen to the latest episodes at www.broadsandbooks.com

Marking Iowa State Parks at 100 Years

9 – 10 a.m.  |  Ruan Foundation Room

It has been 100 years since Iowa declared its first two state parks. Join the team behind the new book "Iowa State Parks: A Century of Stewardship," written to celebrate the milestone, as they share inside information and stories behind the creation of the book and our favorite state parks in Iowa. The presentation will be led by contributing authors Rebecca Conard, John Pearson and Heidi Hohmann and photo editors Angela Corio and Jim Scheffler.

Faux Calligraphy Basics

10 – 11 a.m.  |  Books & Blooms Room

Join Meggan Fox owner of The Fox and The Chalkboard as she teaches the basics of calligraphy and create your own print to take home.

The Little Women Cookbook Discussion with Wini Moranville

11 a.m. – Noon  |  Ruan Foundation Room

Wini Moranville will discuss the path that led her from writing restaurant reviews (over 750 for The Des Moines Register) to writing cookbooks. She'll also discuss her newest book, "The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family." Wini will offer insights into the prominent role that food plays in Louisa May Alcott's masterpiece and how she developed the recipes by researching dozens of 19th-century cookbooks and adapting the recipes for today's cooks. The session will end with a Q&A where she can share insight on publishing cookbooks both traditionally and via Amazon's KindleDirect program.

A Tale of Two Breweries

1 – 2 p.m.  |  Ruan Foundation Room

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Writing for Teens & Teen Writers

3 – 4 p.m.  |  Ruan Foundation Room

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Words & Wine

5 – 7 p.m.  |  Ruan Foundation Room

More information coming soon!

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