Windsor Heights Book Fair in less than 30 days!
The first-annual Windsor Heights Book Fair is October 2nd, from 12–6 p.m. at the Lodge in Windsor Heights, Iowa. The Windsor Heights Book Fair features over a dozen local artists and authors from a variety of literary genres. The attendance fee is a free-will donation to Eat Greater Des Moines, a local food bank that fights hunger throughout the Des Moines metro area. The Windsor Heights Book Fair is a chance to fight hunger while book lovers can meet and greet local authors.
The Windsor Heights Book Fair includes Sara Jordan-Heintz: Susan Lawrence, Julie Granger, Chris Guhl & Aaron Bunce, Laura Snider, Rachelle Chase, Leigh Michaels, A.E. Kincaid, Hallie Baur, Audra Kerr Brown, Ed Fallon, Kim Harms, Matthew Morgan, and Diane Holmes as featured authors. The Windsor Heights Book Fair is also happy to host Raccoon River Press, an independent bookstore and partnered publisher in West Des Moines who proudly offer books and merchandise from a variety of local & women/LGBTQ-owned businesses in addition to titles by local authors and titles published locally.
Author Sara Jordan-Heintz is a writer based in Norwalk. Author of Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland and the new book, many years in the making, Who Killed Dorothy Kilgallen? based on an article she wrote for her family’s business, Midwest Today magazine, back in 2007.
Kim Harms is a speaker, editor, librarian, and author of Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer over the past two decades. She underwent bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries in 2016 after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, and her book is a resource for women finding themselves in similar circumstances.
Susan Lawrence’s works include two family devotion books; two middle grade children’s novels, three novels, Atonement for Emily Adams, Restoration at River’s Edge, and her newest, Flight of the Red-winged Blackbird, as well as a picture book, Shepherd of eSwatini.
Julie Granger is a retired English/Spanish teacher who coached IHSSA speech teams for over 30 years. After years of teaching high school, she is proud to publish her first novel, Porcelain White, the first book in the Redwood Frontier series.
Aaron Bunce and Christopher Guhl are excited to bring their newest offering to readers this fall, as they launch an all-new fantasy saga — The Dunes of Aelaron. Featuring wind-swept dunes, dark, meddlesome gods, and massive stormbirds, the electric first offering, Wings of the Storm.
Laura Snider is a writer, Drake Law graduate, and lawyer living in West Des Moines, Iowa, who will feature three of her books in the Ashley Montgomery Legal Thriller Series, Unsympathetic Victims, Undetermined Death, and Unforgivable Acts.
Rachelle Chase, the author of Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa, and Lost Buxton, and has given more than 100 presentations on the amazing town of Buxton. In 2021, Rachelle launched a nonprofit, Uniting Through History, and their first annual Hip History Contest, a scholarship opportunity for middle school and high school students, as well as the History Book Club for adults.
Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 100 books, including contemporary romance novels, historical romance novels, and non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published.
By day, A.E. Kincaid is the creative director at a branding studio. By night, she writes humorous fantasy adventure novels including The Demon, the Hero, and the Secret of the Stones, of The Rebel Diaries Anthology.
Matthew Morgan is the creator of One Life Books and author of House on the Hill, Stella from Pella and her Magic Shoe, and Dirty, Stupid Cancer, with proceeds going to children’s charities.
Hallie Baur, a historical fiction novelist, and poet has put ink to paper since early childhood and is attending her first book fair with the release of her novel Alternate Take.
Audra Kerr Brown lives with her husband and two children at the end of a dirt road in Iowa, and in her debut collection, hush hush hush, every story is a tight, well-constructed narrative that makes the reader’s heart race and cry and rejoice.
In 2014, Ed Fallon spearheaded the Great March for Climate Action, and in his memoir, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim, chronicles that journey. In addition to his work as a talk show host, author, and non-profit director, Ed and his wife, Kathy Byrnes, operate an urban farm near downtown Des Moines, Birds & Bees Urban Farm, where they grow half their food and offer classes on how to turn one’s yard into dinner.
UPROOTED, is Diane Holmes’ memoir, and the novel describes being born and raised in north-central Iowa in the heart of the Great Depression and through World War II. She takes readers on her journey as she leaves Iowa for military life, married to a career officer who flew helicopters and jet fighters.
Beaverdale Books will also be joining the book fair and has been selling new books in all genres, literary-themed sidelines, greeting cards, merchandise from the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association, and representing over 500 local authors in our “Iowa Author” section. Beaverdale Books will host two guest tables presenting local authors and their works including Jill Friestad-Tate: Patty DeDurr, Joseph Cassis, Liz Gilbert Bedia, Brooke VanSickle, Cindy Johnson, Kay Fenton Smith and Carol McGarvey, Dave Price, Mary Lee Ashford, Nick Holmberg, Rachel Mans Mckenny, and R.E. Bellesmith.