WOW! (Wonder of Words) Festival - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

October 17-28

WOW! (Wonder of Words) Festival

The Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Public Library are excited to announce a new series of events in Greater Des Moines called the WOW! (Wonder of Words) Festival.

A variety of WOW! Festival events will be held Oct. 17 – 29, 2012 in various locations throughout greater Des Moines.  Mark your calendars for more than a week of entertaining and educational presentations – events that will feed the brain and the soul through the celebration of the written word!

ABC5 is proud to help sponsor two special events.

WOW! Wonder of Words Festival presents THE KATE SHELLEY STORY, featuring Maria Newman

Aug. 7, 2012 – DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Public Library are pleased to announce The Kate Shelley Story, featuring Maria Newman, will be presented at WOW! Wonder of Words Festival on October 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets for this family friendly event are on sale now at the Hoyt Sherman box office and online atwww.ticketmaster.com.

This heroic story of a young Iowa girl is one that has captured the attention of Iowans for decades. To this day, it is hard to visit the Boone area without a retelling of the heroic tale of Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express. This live mixed-media performance will showcase: an original narrative and retelling of The Kate Shelley Story penned by best-selling author Mary Kay Shanley; an original musical score written and conducted by award-winning composer and virtuosic violinist Maria Newman; and the highly acclaimed federated actress with the Repertory Theatre of Iowa Alissa Tschetter-Siedschlaw will play the role of Kate. The performance will be directed by Des Moines Social Club Artistic Director Matthew McIver. The Kate Shelley Story is sponsored by Douglas and Deborah West.

The Coulston Quartet with Ms. Newman (violin I), Scott Hosfeld (viola), Tarn Travers (violin II, Luther College) and Eric Kutz (cello, Luther College) will be the featured musicians for the evening. Additional accompaniment will feature Miko Kominami (Luther College) on piano.

The performance will also feature two short silent films starring Jack and Mary Pickford, each of them scored by Ms. Newman, and again featuring the Coulston Quartet. A VIP reception will be held immediately following the Friday evening performance to meet and greet the collaborating artists and musicians.

Ticket prices are: $60 for premium seating including VIP reception; $35 for first level center sections and box seats; and $20 first level side sections and balcony seating. Children 12 and under are free in the lowest priced sections (sides of first level and balcony). All attendees must have a ticket.

WOW! is a new festival connecting readers, writers, publishers, and other literary artists during a week-long series of events to celebrate reading and inspire lifelong learning throughout our community. WOW! promises to stimulate, enlighten, and entertain Oct. 21 – 29, 2012 through a variety of programs including a Pub(lishers) Crawl, Iowa Authors Fair, Writers Forums and more at venues throughout greater Des Moines. WOW! is co-produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Public Library.

 

Media calls can be directed to Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919. More information can be found at www.wonderofwordsfest.org.

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WOW Presents: An Evening with Dennis Lehane

July 27, 2012 – DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – WOW! Wonder of Words Festival announced today New York Times bestselling authorDennis Lehane will headline the week-long festival at An Evening with Dennis Lehane on Oct. 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place in Downtown Des Moines. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the Hoyt Sherman Box office and www.ticketmaster.com, or byclicking here.

An Evening with Dennis Lehane will include reflections from Lehane on his work, staged readings, film clips, and a Q&A session with the audience.  A VIP reception is also available to meet the author following the program. Ticket prices are: $50 for premium seating and the VIP reception; $35 for first level seating; and $20 balcony seating. An Evening with Dennis Lehane is sponsored by Hubbell Homes, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and West Bank.

WOW! is a first-time festival connecting readers, writers, publishers, and other literary artists during a week-long series of events to celebrate reading and inspire lifelong learning throughout our community. WOW! promises to stimulate, enlighten, and entertain Oct. 21 – 29, 2012 through a variety of programs including a Pub(lishers) Crawl, Iowa Authors Fair, Writers Forums and more at venues throughout greater Des Moines. Additional programs will be announced later this summer. WOW! is co-produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Public Library.

Media calls can be directed to Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919. More information can be found at www.wonderofwordsfest.org.

About Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he's published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day;and the Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, and both Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into award-winning films. In January 2010, Columbia Pictures released the motion picture adaptation of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Ruffalo.  In his forthcoming book, Live By Night, scheduled for release on Oct. 2, 2012, Lehane delivers a masterful epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and the violence of the Roaring 20s.

Lehane has an MFA from Florida International University and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise writers' conference. Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston.

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