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Schedule

Programming Descriptions  |  Authors Pavilion
Main Stage  |  Books & Blooms  | Des Moines Storytellers Project
Just For Kids |  Foodie Sanctuary  |  Writers' Workshops

Admission is free! But interested in VIP? Upgrade to VIP access during the author presentations for premier seating, an autographed book and more. Additional enhanced workshops with limited seating, as well as admission to the Des Moines Storytellers Project, are also available for purchase.

Festival Giveaways

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Festival App

Access DSM Book Festival information via your mobile device by downloading the Whova app and searching "DSM Book Festival." The app features information on the speakers, activities and schedule.

Enter Code: DSMbookfestival

Prefer a map? Download the Festival Map.

Schedule

Prairie Meadows Authors Pavilion

  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  |  Ted Genoways 
  • Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Garth Stein
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Nnedi Okorafor
  • 4 – 5 p.m.  |  Susan Orlean
  • 6 – 7 p.m.  |  Des Moines Storytellers Project ($)

Hubbell Main Stage

  • 10 – 10:45 a.m.  |  Bruce Day
  • 11 – 11:45 a.m. |  The Des Moines Community Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble
  • Noon – 12:45 p.m.  |  Ryne Doughty
  • 1 – 1:45 p.m.  |  Costume Contest & Local Celebrity Readings
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m.  |  Lily DeTaeye
  • 3 – 3:45 p.m.  |  Josh Sinclair
  • 4 – 4:45 p.m.  |  Patresa Hartman Duo
  • 5 – 5:45 p.m.  |  Matt Woods
  • 6 – 6:45 p.m.  |  Chad Elliott

Books & Blooms Sponsored by Voya Financial

  • 11 a.m. – Noon  |  Calligraphy Class with Ink & Flourish Calligraphy
  • 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Book Discussion: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry"
  • 3 – 4 p.m.  |  Wildflower Flower Arranging Workshop ($)
  • 5 – 6 p.m.  |  Art Terrarium Workshop ($)

Just For Kids Sponsored by The Patty & Jim Cownie Charitable Fund

  • 10 a.m. – Noon  |  "Llama, Llama Red Pajama" Pajama Party and Storytime with IPTV's Dan Wardell and Abby Brown
  • Noon – 2 p.m.  |  "Dog Man" Scavenger Hunt
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Create Your Own Comic Strip
  • 3 – 5 p.m.  |  Tea Party and Storytime with "Peppa Pig"
  • 5 – 7 p.m.  |  Elephant & Piggie Storytime and Craft

Ruan Foundation Foodie Sanctuary

  • 10 – 11 a.m.  |  How to Build a Book Club & Bloody Mary from Scratch
  • Noon – 1 p.m.  |  How to Create a Personal Cookbook and Share Your Love of Food
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Cupcake Decorating with Crème Cupcake & Dessert ($)
  • 4 – 5 p.m.  |  The Grape Gatsby: Wine & Book Discussion
  • 6 – 7 p.m.  |  For Whom the Beer Tolls: Authors & The Drinks They Loved

Writers' Workshops

  • 11 a.m. – Noon  |  Common Questions and Misperceptions in Publishing for First Time Authors
  • 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Writing for Children
  • 3 – 4 p.m.  |  From Idea to Book: The Ins, Outs and Everything Between
  • 5 – 6 p.m.  |  Iowa Authors Panel

($) indicates a cost associated with session or activity. To purchase tickets, visit our registration page.

For more information about ticketing, contact Maggie Pforts, Team Leader and Production Manager of Downtown Events.

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