Iowa Author Fest 2018

Hello authors and artist we still have a few spots open.

This year we will be inside out of the weather, no rain,wind or heat. Unloading and tear down will be out of the weather also, parking is also covered,more about these later.

We will have a tent at the Farmer’s Market the same day to help direct our readers to the venue at Capital Square.

So if you are interested contact me at: IaauFe@outlook.com for more information.

Thank you look forward to hearing from you.

Larry

Iowa Author Fest and Read a Book Nook Book Signing

Iowa Author Fest has teamed up with Read a Book Nook in Marshalltown this year for the book signings. The first signing is June 22, 2019 at Read a Book Nook, 205 S. 3rd Avenue, Marshalltown, Iowa. The time is 10am to 3pm.

Our first feature author is Robert Kerr. Robert Kerr was born and raised in Nebraska, Robert Kerr has called Iowa home for more than thirty years. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, The University of Kansas at Ft. Hays, and the University of Northern Iowa. He holds a master s degree in psychology, and his career path has led him through stints as a welder, a carpenter, a mental hospital attendant, a mortician’s assistant, and a general Man Friday for an electrical engineer. Since 1976, he has been a school psychologist in Central Iowa. He and his wife, Joan, have rehabilitated five houses, including a Victorian-era house that inspired Completely Restored. The father of two grown children, he lives with his wife in Ankeny, Iowa. Robert is a former resident of Marshalltown where he worked as a School Psychologist with AEA 6 for 24 years.  His featured novel is Legion Lake. “Legion Lake” is his second novel and is an expansion of his prize-winning short story, “One Last Trip” It takes place in an Iowa lake community and revolves around pollution, corruption, murder and the power of lifelong friendship.   Robert’s first novel, “Completely Restored” was set in Marshalltown and chronicles the adventures of a family catapulted back in time 100 years to 1909 Marshalltown.

‘Lester and Shirley Pierce purchased their little piece of paradise on Iowa’s Legion Lake and planned to spend their post-retirement years enjoying the peace and quiet there…until they learned of a plan to build a huge hog confinement just a few miles upstream. Fearing the certain demise of their retirement retreat, Lester enlists the help of a University of Iowa biology student to save their beautiful lake. But, when tragedy strikes, Lester and the Legion Lake community join forces to avenge one of their own. Legion Lake is a compelling mystery told through the eyes of members of the “golden years” set.’

Reviews:

“Storytelling at this level is a rare find. Immensely enjoyable!” – Lee E.

“A touching mystery with people and places you’ll want to know!” – Jamie S.

“An excellent mystery for people of the heartland who care about their world.” Mike B.

“A good read with characters I could relate to. Really enjoyed the whole experience.” Terry N.

You can find Robert’s work at the following links:

https://tinyurl.com/Legion-Lake-paperback

https://tinyurl.com/Legion-Lake-kindle

http://www.amazon.com/author/robertkerr

 

Grant Challenge

Grant Challenge has ended. Thank you for your support.

We’re really excited to let you know that we’re a part of the @acommunitythrives It’s a friendly fundraising campaign launched by @USATODAY where organizations dedicated like Iowa Author fest supports the creativity of our local Iowa Authors/Artist/Musicians in their endeavor to bring their work to reality and promote their written word/art/music to their patrons. compete to raise the most money with the top team winning a grand prize cash donation of $25,000.

It starts on Monday 18th ,2019 at 12pm ET and a total of $800,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge. The top raising organizations that raise the most will receive cash donations. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $25,000 grand prize donation.

How You Can Help

As a passionate member of our board, we know that you want to help out in any way you can. The best thing you can do is set up a fundraiser page. Donating is great, but if you can become a fundraiser and reach out to your entire network, the potential for raising more money increases drastically.

All you have to do is Go Here https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/iowa-author-fest1/iowa-author-fest

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IOWA AUTHOR FEST

At a meeting of supportive authors, the discussion was about different events or lack of events for self-published or indie authors in the Des Moines area.
That sparked the quest to create an event for authors in the Des Moines area and Iowa Author Fest came about.
The purpose of Iowa Author Fest is to promote Iowa Authors and to start or continue the networking of Iowa Author and other associated fields of creativity.
Iowa Author fest supports the creativity of our local Iowa Authors/Artist/Musicians in their endeavor to bring their work to reality and promote their written word/art/music to their patrons.
In 2014 we did our first short story contest in the Des Moines high schools with two stories submitted a disappointment but learning experience.
Two years later we reached out to high schools across Iowa and the response was overwhelming, 93 stories. We setup guidelines and the process of gleaming out the stories that met the guidelines, judging, complying, formatting, publishing and distribution the final book to the students took longer than expected. A learning situation. We gave out prizes of $100, $75 and $50 to the top three stories.
This year we are setting modified guidelines to expedite all aspects of the contest.

Some of the past participating authors in Iowa Author Fest:

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Thank you in advance for your support.

SUBJECT: $25,000 for our cause | Help

Iowa Author Fest joins A Community Thrives, part of the USA NETWORK powered by Crowdrise By Gofundme.

Donors can help Iowa Author Fest win up to $25,000 in grant money to fund community building initiatives.

Des Moines, Iowa, Monday 18th ,2019 – Iowa Author Fest is now competing in A Community Thrives, part of the USA TODAY Network, a fundraising program on Crowdrise by GoFundMe, the most trusted social fundraising platform. A Community thrives is a nationwide program that is focused on helping organizations by shining a national spotlight on their community building initiatives. Iowa Author Fest has the opportunity to be awarded up to $1 million in available project-based grants to help fund 2019/2020 High School Short Story Contest. https://www.crowgrise.com/acommunitythrives

Feature Author at This Year’s Iowa Author Fest

Our last feature author for this year’s Iowa Author Fest. Come and meet the authors and join in on the fun of having a selfie with them as you pick out your favorite new novel for your reading enjoyment. AS ALWAYS THE ADMISSION IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT.

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CATHERINE GREGORY
cath@catherinegregorybooks.com

Catherine Gregory is the author of two novels, Garth’s Widow and The Friends of Dixie Magruder. Her writing addresses issues of everyday Christian life through contemporary faith-based comedy. Catherine attributes much of her success to her brilliant tech guy, to whom she has been married for 41 years.

Feature Authors This Year at Iowa Author Fest

Here is the third group of authors that will be at the Iowa Author Fest this year. The Fest will be held at Capital Square 400 Locust Street, Des Moines Iowa, 9 am. to 3pm. Come and enjoy the festivities as you find your next adventure in your new purchase.

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LARRY STUMBO b2013k@outlook.com
Larry became interested in his family history, when his uncle and a distance cousin started gathering together family history. Larry was lucky enough to receive some of this history from both sides of his family with one special contribution of his Great-grandmother’s poems, photos and history from his grandfather. His second novel ‘Experience of a New Soldier’.

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J.C. HAMM hamboart.jc@gmail.com
Emerging from the dark world of drugs, abuse, and domestic violence, Because of Me, is a story about starting over and the lessons learned from past mistakes. Her second novel is ‘Life Beneath the Willow’.

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TERRI NEKVINDA
ttfctoday@gmail.com
I’m a retired elementary teacher, having taught 3rd-6th grade. 5th grade was my favorite. Being retired gives me time to write, and enjoy being a guest teacher in many classrooms. I enjoy doing book signings and writer’s workshops in classrooms. Thank you, Jesus, for being my redeemer and my source of strength and inspiration.

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BETTY B. PASSICK
bbpassickauthor@comcast.net
Betty Brandt Passick is an Iowa native who relocated to Minnesota. Gangster in Our Midst, her debut at writing historical suspense, tells the neglected true story of one of Al Capone’s gangsters, Louie La Cava, who came to her small Iowa town in the 1920s, eventually died of old age.

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BRIAN WEBB brian.webb16@yahoo.com
Brian Webb is a native of Kentucky but now calls Des Moines his home. He enjoys playing guitar, riding his bike, half marathon training, and taking pictures. As a head injury survivor, he is passionate about advocacy and helping our Veterans with TBI and PTSD.

 

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CATHERINE FITZPATRICK
fitzbooks@tworiversmanagement.com
Catherine Fitzpatrick loves telling stories, especially about her pets. Her family urged her to write them down. The result is the children’s book, “Bridget Rules the Day”.
Catherine lives in Des Moines with her husband and bulldog. When she’s not telling stories, she’s a freelance food stylist and a running coach.