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Des Moines Native John Shors to Appear at 2014 Wonder of Words Festival

September 5, 2014

The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce John Shors as a featured guest of the 3rd Annual Wonder of Words Festival. He will speak at a free program on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in Downtown Des Moines (DSM), sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

Des Moines native and best-selling author John Shors will discuss his novels, including Beneath a Marble Sky, a historical fiction book about the building of the Taj Mahal, and Temple of a Thousand Faces, which brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat. Shors will share how travel has influenced his view of the world and his writing in addition to stories of his roots in Des Moines. Seating is first-come, first-served and books will be available for sale and signing.

A former Des Moines newspaper reporter and recipient of several statewide awards in journalism, John Shors has spent much of his life traveling abroad. A graduate of Colorado College, he helped launch GroundFloor Media, now one of Colorado’s largest public relations firms. His first six novels, Beneath a Marble SkyBeside a Burning SeaDragon HouseThe Wishing TreesCross Currents, and Temple of a Thousand Faces have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-six languages.

Wonder of Words Festival

Co-produced by the Des Moines Public Library and the Downtown Community Alliance, The Wonder of Words Festival is a compilation of several events, taking place at various venues in Downtown Des Moines and surrounding communities November 1-16, 2014. All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at (515) 286-4907 or (563) 505-9226. For more information please visit wonderofwordsfest.com.