‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ author among AViD visitors at DSM library

For the first time in three years, the Des Moines Public Library’s signature event returns with in-person programming featuring novelists such as Brad Meltzer and Angeline Boulley.

The donor-funded Authors Visiting in Des Moines, better known as AViD, has invited authors to speak to area audiences since 2001.

“There’s something to be said about that live experience and after a few years of COVID, people are really clamoring for that again,” said Tim Paluch, marketing and communications supervisor for Des Moines Public Library. “We’ve talked to cardholders… they miss live events. They miss that interaction. You’re able to talk and get a book signed and chat with some of your favorite authors in person.”

The library canceled the 2020 version of the series due to COVID-19’s arrival in the United States around the time the event would have launched. When 2021 came around, event organizers were more accustomed to digital programming and the library offered a virtual version of AViD.

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