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Event Details

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Festival Non-Profit Vendors

Want to showcase your organization to Festival guests? Select nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to promote themselves and their latest events. Submit an application today!

Preference is given to nonprofits that have a focus on reading, writing or literacy. All applications must be submitted by Jan. 20, 2020.


Join the DSM Book Festival team today! The DSM Book Festival would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. With a variety of opportunities, you can volunteer by yourself or with a group. Whatever you choose, there is a job for you. You will receive a free Festival t-shirt to wear during your shift.

Volunteer Information will be available January 2020. For more information, contact:

Emily Lyon  |  Program Manager
(515) 286-4946

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Event Setup Assistant
  • Information Booth Assistant
  • Program Assistant
  • Event Tear-Down Assistant

Important Volunteer Information

  • You must be at least 16 years old when you report to your shift.
  • If you are unable to fulfill your shift, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can give another volunteer the opportunity to help.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable clothing.
  • You are responsible for all personal items. Please make sure items are carried with you during your shift.

The Festival volunteer program is sponsored by Meredith Corporation.



The DSM Book Festival wouldn't be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. For more information about how you can support this engaging community celebration in 2020, contact: 

Colleen Murphy  |  Downtown Events Director
(515) 286-4915

Media Inquiries

Courtney Shaw  |  Vice President of Communications, Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4919

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2020 Festival Sponsors

Prairie Meadows Culture Community Connections John Ruan Foundation Avid

Des Moines Area Community College  |  William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation