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Book and poetry lovers converge in Des Moines

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

It's the year 2030, and melting permafrost releases an ancient virus that sweeps the planet — those are the events that launch How High We Go In the Dark, a novel by Sequoia Nagamatsu, that has been selected for 2023 All Iowa Reads. The author and Grinnell College graduate joins this episode of Talk of Iowa to discuss publishing a pandemic novel during a pandemic and the themes of grief explored in his work. Nagamatsu is a headlining author at this year’s Des Moines Book Festival. How High We Go in the Dark is also the April pick for theTalk of Iowabook club.

Later in the hour, Amelia Klatt, director of events at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, tells us what else we can expect at this year’s book festival. And Jan Kaiser of Poetry& discusses Poetry Palooza, a celebration of poetry taking place in Des Moines this April.


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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio