Iowa Authore Fest will be at the covered bridge festival on the north side of the square in space N13 on October 12th and 13th, 9 to5 each day. Please stop by our tent and pick up our novels for your fall reading enjoyment. We will have several new authors with us this year. Alethea Cook will have her premiere novel ‘Just Wing It’ for your pleasure along with several new novels and colorbook from Iowa Author Fest regulars, Jordyn Meryl, Sue Raymond / Lady Landora, Larry Stumbo, Julie Hamm, LaVina Vanorny-Barcus, Kathryn Daugherty.
Bryce Jarrett’s documentary brings to light what really happens when an author strikes out on their own to bring their work from an idea to published work and beyond as an Indie author instead of traditionally published.
Larry Stumbo is on the radio show ‘The Culture Buzz’ with John Busbee KFMG 98.9 FM, streaming globally http://www.kfmg.org 11A-1P Central Time.
Greetings, Cultural Catalysts:
Make plans out of the summer heat and in the cool confines of an air-conditioned performing hall as a variety of productions and concerts will whisk you away for some cultural escapism. Feed the body as well as the soul by attending area farmer’s markets – there is a bounty of fresh produce and product to procure, while soaking the in the special culture that only an Iowa farmer’s market can deliver. Biking has never been better in Central Iowa with the wealth of wonderful trails to travel. So much to consider…
Featured Cultural Offering:
ª The Curate Concert Series. With the number of established restaurants in the downtown Des Moines footprint, this series offers a chance to dine downtown before a show or just catch the show and the experience. Michelle Malone talks about her career. She will appear on Aug 2.
” Michelle Malone’s Slings and Arrows is her very best album…. She has one of the most remarkable voices I’ve ever heard. She’s uniquely able to blow the roof off the place with a loud raucous number, and then to turn right around and whisper a soft song that will break your damn heart.” -PASTE MAGAZINE http://curatedsm.com/concerts/ https://www.michellemalone.com/
Other Cultural Considerations:
1. Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m. – Chad Elliott & the Redemptions. A Warren Cultural Center favorite, Chad Elliott returns to the stage, this time with his band The Redemptions. With a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs, Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music. Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life filled with love and loss serves as fertile ground for his music. With a new album set for release on August 10, you’ll hear a bit of the old and a bit of the new. Don’t miss this show! A Premier Series Show. $15 http://www.warrenculturalcenter.com/page/3
NOTE DETOUR – Beginning May 29, State Highway 25 will be closed for construction south of I-80 Exit 86. To detour the construction, take Exit 93 at Stuart, and travel south on P28 until it intersects with Highway 92. Then take Highway 92 west into Greenfield.
2. Monday, August 6, 6:30 PM, Between Gravity and What Cheer By Photographer Barry Phipps. Artisan Gallery 218, 218 Fifth Street, West Des Moines
Inspired by such seminal work as Robert Frank’s The Americans, Phipps new book, Between Gravity and What Cheer, is a unique vision of the Midwest and Iowa. Without condescending or overemphasizing the decline of small town America, Phipps documents rural communities as they are now, noting abstract shapes and colors as he photographs business districts with quirky and/or artful signs, streetscapes and landscapes, buildings with ghosts of paint from previous lives, and the occasional resident.
3. The Celtic Music Association celebrates the return by popular demand of The High Kings for a concert on Aug 2, 2018 at Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre in Des Moines. To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring a broad demographic along for the journey. With 2016’s Grace & Glory, the band widened their appeal and fanbase, as Finbarr Clancy affirmed. “There is something for everybody on the album, and any doubters out there might just discover there’s a whole lot more to us than perceptions would have them believe. Previous High Kings albums have been stepping-stones, but this one sees us on top of things.” http://hoytsherman.org/calendar/events/event-63/
4. The 48 Hour Film Project creation process happened this past weekend and now prepares for the screening of the dozens of films spawned by this fast-paced exercise in quick conception to completion filmmaking. Listen as Katie Ortman, from producer Des Moines Social Club, gives an overview of what fans of short films can expect when Greater Des Moines experiences a slate of world premieres Aug 1 and 2 at the Fleur Cinema & Café, http://48hourfilm.com/desmoines
5. Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre continues its show, Bring It On: The Musical, a dynamic musical from the creators of Hamilton, Next to Normal, and Avenue Q. Based on the popular film series from Universal, Bring It On: The Musical is an explosive musical about competitive cheerleading, fierce rivalries, and learning who your real friends are. Performances are through Aug 5 in the Stoner Theater at Des Moines Performing Arts. Tickets are $18-23 and are available through the Des Moines Performing Arts ticket office, website (www.desmoinesperformingarts.org), or by phone (515.246.2300).
6. Ankeny Community Theatre presents its comedy, Over the River and Through the Woods, Aug 3-12 | Comedy | Rated PG
Nick, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey, has had Sunday dinner with both sets of grandparents for years. He finally lands his dream job which will take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare as bait. Written by Joe DiPietro.
To buy tickets, go to http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/ACT or call (515) 244-2771.
For all other inquiries, send email to email@example.com. http://www.ankenycommunitytheatre.com
Auditions and Other Participation Opportunities:
1. Carousel Theatre in Indianola will present King Arthur’s Quest, from Missoula Children’s Theatre. Auditions: Aug 6, 2018. Rehearsals: Aug 6-10. Performance: Aug 11, 2018 (2 performances). Auditions, rehearsals, and performance at the Indianola High School Auditorium. Cast: 60 Students, ages 5-15
2. This is the fifth year for Iowa Author Fest. Founder and event organizer Larry Stumbo welcomes Iowa authors who may just be learning about this networking and selling opportunity.
The Iowa Author Fest be held at Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, on Sat Sep 15th from 9:am to 3:00pm. Larry explains, “We have had a good core of supporting authors every year. Depending on other events and weather, we have had 25 to 40 participants, and some of the differences are new authors just getting their feet wet on the event scene and the authors I know are glad to help the new author.”.
Contact Larry Stumbo: IaAuFe@outlook.com for more information.
Greater Des Moines Independent Book Store Happenings:
The Culture Buzz shares many authors and their books with its audiences. We encourage you to visit your local independent book store regularly. The folks at these destination locations know books, and welcome the chance to help anyone connect with titles and subjects they seek. Check these sites, as their calendars are always filled with enticing activities and news.
1. Beaverdale Books, Des Moines. http://www.beaverdalebooks.com/
2. Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny. https://www.plottwistbookstore.com/
3. Pageturners Bookstore, Indianola. http://www.pageturnersbookstore.com/
4. Artisan Gallery 218, 218-5th Street, Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines (select author events), http://www.artisangallery218.com/
Cultural Exploration Resources:
The Culture Buzz will begin including carefully vetted but comprehensive listings where you can do some advance online exploration before scheduling destinations in the region. These are two great websites to know about:
1. Art Beacon Des Moines is Central Iowa’s home for promoting the visual arts. Our calendar of events highlights exhibitions, art talks and calls for art. Subscribe to the Art Beacon Weekly, our online newsletter filled with links to the latest art happenings. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. http://artbeacondesmoines.com/
2. A Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre is Central Iowa’s source for knowing what productions by which companies are available when. In short, you can know what’s playing before it happens rather than after the fact. Timothy Rose created this site with its comprehensive theatre calendar for you, the cultural consumer. He includes articles and more, making this a worthy destination when curious about what’s happening in Central Iowa’s theatre scene. http://www.gentleguidedsm.com/
As always, I appreciate news and information from you out there in the cultural trenches and am ready and willing to pursue a story or interview to share with my audiences.
Creatively yours, John Busbee
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018 – THE CULTURE BUZZ – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time
Broadcast regionally on KFMG 98.9 FM
Streaming globally through http://www.kfmg.org
11:00 AM – The new issue of Iowa History Journal is out and it again is bursting with captivating stories of Iowa’s history. The cover story was written by Iowa Gold Star Museum Curator Michael Vogt, who joins this conversation to talk about Japan’s efforts to bomb Iowa during World War II. http://iowahistoryjournal.com/
11:17 AM – Author Elizabeth Garber helps us dig deep into her captivating memoir, “Implosions: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter.” Elizabeth’s candid and revealing book is anchored by her famous father’s impact on her life.
“An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy.”
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review https://elizabethgarber.com/
11:34 AM – Ken Bensinger has exceptional insights into the world of soccer, and his new book, “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal” reads like a action thriller, filled with compelling story lines and anchored by well-researched facts. Ken scores big with this book, and this interview is a lively testament to his standard-setting book.
“A gripping white-collar crime thriller that, in its scope and human drama, ranks with some of the best investigative business books of the past 30 years.”
– David Hirshey, The Wall Street Journal http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Ken-Bensinger/560848251
12:10 PM – James Beard Award for Writing and Literature author Paul Greenberg is a regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center. He has been feature on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, TED and PBS’s Frontline. His new book, “The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet,” reads like a great story, is filled with eye-opening facts and understanding, and is a great book for anyone seeking a better life and a better Earth.
“Paul Greenberg goes searching for the secret to longevity, and what he learns is, in many ways, more interesting. The Omega Principle should be read by anyone who cares about human health or the health of the planet, which is to say everyone.”
– Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction http://paulgreenberg.org/
12:22 PM – The Iowa Author Fest returns this September under the continued guidance of its founder, Larry Stumbo. Listen to the update about a new location and Larry’s call for Iowa authors to join this great networking, selling and meeting event. https://www.facebook.com/Iowaauthorfest/
12:33 PM – Robert John Ford brings his new musical, “Six-on-Six the Musical,” to vibrant life through his Epic Stage Productions partnership with the Urbandale Community Theatre. Director and Choreographer Alison Shafer and cast member Craig Irvin (“Gregory Green”) lead a lively conversation about the challenges and rewards of a musical that celebrates the transition of the dominant girls’ sport – basketball – from its six-on-six roots to the modern game. http://www.sixonsix.com
12:42 PM – With the considerate touch of a creative presenter always wanting to “get it right,” Jen Heins is producing the Curate Concert Series. With the number of established restaurants in the downtown Des Moines footprint, this series offers a chance to dine downtown or just catch the show and the experience. Listen as Michelle Malone talks about her career. She will appear on Aug 2. http://curatedsm.com/concerts/
This the second novel I have read from Author Kathryn Daugherty. From the moment I first started reading it the story drew me into the heartache and dilemma the protagonist Carol Matthews is thrown into shortly after her only brother Jim dies in a traffic accident. Carol has helped him raise his son after the lose of their parents and his wife since his son Jeff was five months old. Four months after his death Carol is served with court papers petitioning the court to remove Jeff from her custody and be placed in the custody of Jeff’s maternal grandparents. Everywhere she turns for help, the answer is no. Now the only chance she has to keep custody of Jeff is to put her trust in a down on his luck lawyer, Donovan Delaney.
The story is intense on how fragile life can be and how faith is the only thing that stables the chaos from crushing one’s soul.
Readers wanted to come out to Iowa Author Fest at Jasper Winery, George Flagg Parkway,Des Moines; on August 6th 11:00 to 3:00. Fill your book shelves with signed books from the authors, listen to music,eat some food, sip some wine by the glass,buy by the bottle to take home,listen to authors read from their books and win a basket swag per raffle, must be present to win.
Children welcome, other drinks available other than wine.
My goal in life is to entertain and inspire people through my writing. I write interactive fiction. Inspired by the “which way” books I read as a kid, the Fallen book series is that plus more. . I love telling stories and I write with passion, writing what I would ultimately love to read.
JACQUELINE WINTERSJacqueline Winters writes contemporary romantic suspense, set in small Nebraskan towns like the one she grew up in. She’s a sucker for happily ever after’s, has a sweet tooth that can be sated with cupcakes, and believes sangria was possibly the best invention ever. Website: http://jacquelinewintersromance.com/
JACQUE LIEGHJacque’s first writing was a group of short stories, compiling a memoir. One; a tale of a family Sunday afternoon drive, was printed in the Des Moines Sunday Register, in a column that featured memories of life in the 1950s.“Roots Through Time” is her first novel, that started as a fiction story of the life of her Great-grandfather and his family.
JAN WALTERS firstname.lastname@example.orgJan Walters lives in Warren County with her husband. Jan has four generations of men on the DMPD. With her love of the paranormal, Jan created the ‘Ghost and a Cop Series’. ‘York Street’ is the first book in the series released in 2014. ‘Red Sunset Drive’, will be released in 2016. The series focuses on a different paranormal killer in each book. Her first novel, ‘Believe’, is a time-travel romance set in Victorian England.
lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his beautiful wife, Ren. He spends his time writing, reading, and working to promote and support
writing communities in Iowa through his company Davenport Writes, LLC. You can keep track of Matthew through his twitter account @spazenport.
You can follow his blog at http://davenportwrites.com”
KELINA KILTS Kellina Kilts was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Norwalk High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in business. Her passion for writing did not reveal itself until at age 27. She attributes Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for inspiring her novel Angel of Hell. She currently lives in Mason City, Iowa with the youngest of her three children.
JEANNE MARTZJeanne Martz, a graduate of Iowa State University, has a love for Iowa, the rural Midwest, and small town American life, which fueled the writing of The Creekers, a collection of short stories(published 2013) and her new novel, The Women of Swenson Farm set in Story County, Iowa. Jeanne lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with her husband Jim, and other family nearby.
RICKY DRAGONI email@example.comI’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.
My friend’s review of Jordyn Meryl’s novel ‘The Lightning Crest’ .
Connie Sharpnack Capehart
Just finished reading an awesome book from a local author.
Her name is Jordyn Meryl and the name of the book is …
The Lightning Crest. Iam not sci fi fan but really enjoyed reading this.
It’s a sci-fi romance. It has love, science fiction and a bit of spiritual guidance. It’s about a woman saving our children from evil, hiding the children and the Cartel who wants to turn the children into listless humans and how she meets a cartel soldier and how they save families with love a spiritual guidance.
I believe you can find Jordyn on Facebook or get her book from Amazon and places in Des Moines. I have read 3 of her books she has wrote and each one in the own way will make you laugh, cry and beg for more of this author.
Birdie Hawks is from Iowa and has been married for 36 years. She is retired from the Iowa Army National Guard and as a federal technician. She has two sons, 12 grandkids and 3 great grandkids.
GRACE AUGUSTINE Internationally known Amazon best-selling author, Grace Augustine, grew up in Northern Montana. She considers herself a Jill of most trades. She is the mother of two adult sons and a 2 yr old cat named Bou. Grace makes her home in Hiawatha, Iowa and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
EMILY WHITAKER email@example.comEmily Whitaker studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and at Circle in the Square Theatre School. She wrote Benvolio to introduce Shakespeare to young adult readers. Emily Whitaker sticks to the original plot as seen through Benvolio’s eyes while showing the unfounded belief that love will conquer all.
JULES DIXON www.julesdixon.comFuzzy sock collector, martini connoisseur, and dandelion lover, author Jules Dixon writes contemporary romance, including the Triple R Series of five New Adult romance titles, and the Cherry County Cowboys series of male/male cowboy contemporary romance, including titles Spurs, Chaps, and Whips. You can find Jules at www.amazon.com/Jules-Dixon/e/B00PUSNF90/.
Michelle Lynn Brown deals with something the world does not even blink an eye over anymore, premarital sex and the sin it is that separates a person from God’s love and forgiveness.
Renee Winters has lived under the shadow of her mother’s sinful life starting with her own conception. When her mother’s foster parents and friends turned their backs on Renee’s mother’s pregnancy, she turned from God to alcohol and prostitution to support herself and her baby, Renee. Now eighteen, Renee, struggles to keep herself pure and acceptable to God. The only person who does not have issues with her, is Ian McKnight. Ian has a reputation of being a ‘Bad’ boy. But he has never treated Renee with anything but respect in fact he calls her his beautiful angel.
After having been nearly sexually assaulted by one of her mother’s johns, Renee seeks comfort from the only one who can relate to what she is going through, Ian.
Only comfort turns to something they were not ready to handle. Ian realizes this as he watches Renee sleeping. Ian leaves, running away to army to prevent him from witnessing the hatred he knew in his heart Renee would have when she woke and had time to allow things to sink in of what they had done. Renee awakes to find Ian gone and her mother’s words comes home to haunt her, that Renee was just like her and all men were after just one thing. Renee vows to God this will never happen again and she would never become her mother.
Eight years later, Renee is the worship leader, and leader of their Church group, ‘Brides for Christ’. In Renee’s eyes, she has kept her vow to God and is a good Christian woman living for God. However Christ uses her past to show Renee that she is trying to be a Christian on her own strength instead of surrendering all of her life and not just part of it for His forgiveness and healing by bringing Ian McKnight back into her life.
Now Renee must decide how to deal with the hidden sins of her past or continue to live in denial and the affection of a good Christian man, Elliot.