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Schedule

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All DSM Book Festival workshops and panel sessions were free to attend. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted.

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Book selections were curated by Festival partner Beaverdale Books and were available for purchase at the Festival Information Office.

For more information about DSM Book Festival programming, contact Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager.

Dotdash Meredith Main Stage

  • 9 a.m.  |  Bruce Day
  • 10 a.m.  | Patresa Hartman
  • 11 a.m.  |  Sara Routh
  • Noon  |  Matt Woods
  • 1 p.m.  |  Ryne Doughty
  • 2 p.m.  |  Lani
  • 3 p.m.  |  Des Moines Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble
  • 4 p.m.  |  J. Jeffrey Messerole
  • 5 p.m.  |  Ace Jones
  • 6 p.m.  |  Joshua Sinclair

Author Pavilion – Headlining Author Series

  • 10 a.m.  |  Imbolo Mbue, Author of "Behold the Dreamers" and "How Beautiful We Were"
  • Noon  |  Dawnie Walton, Author of "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" — Sponsored by Kum & Go
  • 3 p.m.  |  Stephanie Land, Author of "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Way to Survive" — Sponsored by United Way's Women United
  • 5 p.m.  |  Angeline Boulley, Author of "Firekeeper's Daughter" — Sponsored by Des Moines Public Library's Author Visiting in Des Moines (AVID) Series

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Writers' Workshops

  • 9:30 a.m.  |  Thrill(er) Ride: Lessons Learned on the Journey to Becoming a Novelist — Sponsored by Bookpress Publishing
  • 11 a.m.  |  Future of Journalism Panel — Sponsored by Beaverdale Books
  • 1 p.m.  |  Publishing 101 — Sponsored by Bookpress Publishing
  • 2:30 p.m.  |  Published Authors Perspective Panel — Sponsored by Beaverdale Books
  • 4 p.m.  |  Non-Fiction Writers' Panel — Sponsored by Bookpress Publishing

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Hands-On Workshops

  • 9:30 a.m.  |  Books and Beans: Spring Book and Coffee Pairings with Storyhouse Bookpub and Daisy Chain Coffee
  • 10 a.m.  |  Paint Your Story: Watercolor and Hand-Lettering with Dainty Knots Art
  • 11 a.m.  |  Let's Get Ready to Roll: Tips and Tricks to Making Pie With Pie Bird Pies
  • Noon  |  That All May Read: Intro to Braille with the Iowa Department for the Blind
  • 12:30 p.m.  |  Erasure Poetry: Mining Jane Smiley's "A Thousand Acres" with Sara Perez
  • 2 p.m.  |  Level Up Your List: How to Read More and Actually Enjoy It with Linzi Murray
  • 2 p.m.  |  DSM Architecture Walking Tour with the Iowa Architecture Foundation*
  • 3:30 p.m.  |  Another Dimension: Women of Science Fiction Past and Present with Lettie Prell
  • 4 p.m.  |  Sips, Stats and Stories from the Canned Cocktail Industry with Red Boot Distillery and Daisy Cocktail

*Event pre-registration recommended.

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Just For Kids — Sponsored by Principal®

  • 9:30 a.m.  |  Storytime with StoryHouse BookPub
  • 10 a.m.  |  Open Play with JouJou
  • 11:30 a.m.  |  Storytime with StoryHouse BookPub
  • Noon  |  Open Play with JouJou
  • 2 p.m.  |  The Story of Braille with the Iowa Department for the Blind
  • 3:30 p.m.  |  Salamander Storytime with Ruby the Red Reading Panda with Blank Park Zoo

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