2022 Des Moines Book Festival at Capital Square with in-person events

Though the Des Moines Book Festival began in 2019, this year marks only the second full-fledged, in-person programming after organizers canceled the event in 2020 and moved online last year.

The bulk of this festival will be held indoors at Capital Square, 400 Locust St., in downtown Des Moines. There, visitors can get food, listen to live music, peruse local authors and hear from professional writers.

One of the most notable visiting authors at this year’s event is Angeline Boulley, who wrote “Firekeeper’s Daughter.” She makes an appearance at 5 pm to talk about the inspirations for her novel de ella at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel. Des Moines Register executive editor Carol Hunter and Susan Patterson Plank of the Iowa Newspaper Association talk about the future of journalism at an 11 am event.

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