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.’


“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:


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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.

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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.

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 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 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’.


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’.


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.


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 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 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.

Featured Authors This Year at Iowa Author Fest

Here is the second group of authors that will be at Iowa Author Fest. There is a wide variety of new authors this year to chose from to make your purchases. Come and join in on the fun. Meet the authors and experience new adventures through the eyes of the protagonist of their novels.


As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over YA books and jumped right into romance. She never left. While Marci has written suspense, paranormal, and other fiction, she always finds her way back to sweeter books. Marci lives in central Iowa with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and a houseful of rescue animals.


Andy Douglas’ memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, describes the author’s transformative journey of contemplative practice, spanning several decades and the continent of Asia. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Marcus Bach Fellowship for Writing about Religion and Culture. .


Teresa Holmgren refers to herself as “the happiest woman on the planet.” She is a long-suffering left-handed retired teacher and has a tall blonde husband. Teresa has raised five fiercely creative children, two of whom are amateur pyromaniacs. She has arachibutyrophobia, which has nothing to do with spiders.


Jean Wolf has a Masters of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Iowa State University. She spent over 30 years as a nurse educator at Grand View University. Her historical novel series Billy Love’s Wolfpack, Billy Love’s Forsaken Children and coming soon, Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders are a labor of love.


A.C. Miller’s debut YA Dystopian novel, Nimbus, was released in late 2017 to commercial success, or at least that’s how his parents made him feel. He’s currently working on the sequel entitled Halcyon, which will be the second installment in The Perfect Circle Trilogy.


Lady Laindora dwells in the imagination of author Sue Raymond. There many tales are spun of adventure with dragons, wizards, knights, and spells. Lady Laindora’s novels are Healer of Surflex and Will-O Wisp. Sue writes a crime murder mystery DeBois series, drama Resin La Rock and thriller Window Pane. Five children books loom in the future.

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Nan McAdam is author of Surviving the Stress of your parents’ old age.  She writes two blogs, one on self improvement, and another one on elder care.  She embraced being a caregiver and met the challenge head on.  It has been one of the most rewarding careers of her life; to help others navigate the experience of old age. She also has YA novels.

Featured Authors at this Years Iowa Author Fest.

We will be featuring the authors coming to this years Iowa Author Fest in several post so the patrons can become familiar with the author’s work so they can make informed decisions on their purchases on September 15th, 9am – 3pm at 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Come out and enjoy meeting the authors in person and take a selfie with them as you make your book purchases for your reading enjoyment.



I’m originally from Puerto Rico but have spent half of my life in Iowa. My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My books are based on reality but sprinkled with a good dose of faerie dust. I hope my books can be entertaining but also thought provoking.



Holly grew up in West Des Moines, daughter of popular author Henry Gregor Felsen. After retiring from teaching in 2006, Holly republished the 6 car books, answering the requests from many fans. She also reinvented herself as a professional photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, publisher, private investigator, and swan advocate.


A former elementary librarian, Connie, has been a devoted advocate for children’s literacy.  Her love of sharing stories with children culminated with the publication of her first book, “A Friend Named William”, written for the youngest reader.  She’s following up with “The Long Walk” which will be released fall 2018.


Crossing many genres, Jordyn Meryl spins chronicles of romance, paranormal and fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of revealing true feelings.


Since publishing my women’s contemporary novel A Case of Hearts in the fall of 2013, I’ve had incredible experiences. Being able to talk to groups at libraries, community centers, women’s meetings, and conferences. I’ve attended many craft and vendor shows. I’ve enjoyed meeting many readers and writers on this journey. Publishing my first novel had been a dream come.


Karla enjoys family, Iowa and American history.  Her genealogy research uncovered the intriguing stories of the Ankeny family and the prominent roles they played in Iowa history.  “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter” is historical fiction.  Karla is a member of DAR and various heritage societies.


David Furneaux is a first time author. He’s a veteran who’s had careers in association management, human resources and business development. He’s a recovering history major who spent over five years developing Numbland Security, a national security romance series. Yes, some think that’s an oxymoron. You be the judge.

Iowa Author Fest 2018

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This is the fifth year for Iowa Author Fest. Iowa Author Fest is being held this year at Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines Iowa, 50309. It will be open to the public at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. There is parking in several parking lots along with street parking. We are looking forward to a great interaction between the authors and  public. There will be a wide variety of genre for the reading pleasure of the public from children’s book to adult novels to chose from.

(For the authors: Spaces are filling up fast. Find vendor information and interest forms at the following: If chosen, you will receive a entry form and PayPal invoice for the event.)