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WOW! Festival Opens Oct. 21

Posted September 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

Des Moines welcomes the inaugural WOW! (Wonder of Words) Festival, celebrating reading with a variety of events throughout the city Oct. 21 – 29. Here are a few of the events; find the entire WOW! Festival schedule online at dmpl.org.

Women Writers Forum
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m.
Central Library Grand Meeting Wing
A panel of women writers will read from their works and take questions from the audience. The writers will share their ideas with readers and aspiring authors.

African American Writers Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.
Central Library Grand Meeting Wing
Explore African American literature and the impact it has had on Iowa and the Midwest. Fans and aspiring writers are invited to hear writers read and discuss their works.

Latino Writers Forum
Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.
Central Library Grand Meeting Wing
Literature gives readers the opportunity to explore different cultures. A trio of Latino/Latina writers will present and discuss their works for fans and aspiring writers.

Central Library events
Library closed for Staff Training Day  Monday, Oct. 8

A Conversation with Writers Fern Kupfer and Joseph Geha
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Grand Meeting Wing
Married authors Fern Kupfer and Joe Geha will share and discuss their many books, including Kupfer’s memoir “Leaving Long Island,” and Geha’s short story collection, “Through and Through.”

Wrestling Champion and Author Anthony Robles
Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Grand Meeting Wing
Anthony Robles has been driven to succeed all of his life. Born with one leg, he won multiple state and national wrestling championships before winning the NCAA title in 2011. Robles will talk about his inspirational autobiography, “Unstoppable.”

Leaving Czechoslovakia Exhibit Opening
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Central Library Grand Meeting Wing
In 2009, the National Czech andSlovak Museum and Library launched its landmark project: Recording Voices and Documenting Memories of Czech and Slovak Americans. This traveling exhibit presents dramatic personal stories of more than 150 20th-century Czech and Slovak émigrés. Please RSVP to rjohnston@ncsml.org.

Central Library
1000 Grand Ave. • 283-4152
Mon. – Wed.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
(Open 1 – 5 p.m. Sept. – May)
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4 – 6 p.m.

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