Cocktails & Convos with Megan Bannister

Date: Thursday, May 16          Time: 7 PM          Location: Dog-Eared Books Main Floor 

In celebration of 515 Week we are hosting Megan Bannister, author of Secret Iowa. Join us as we explore our fantastic, weird, “boring” state through a conversation with Megan, test yourself on some Secret Iowa trivia, and share your own “secret” Iowan spots!

Some claim there’s nothing to see in flyover country. But take a closer look and you’ll discover that Iowa is home to more than just cornfields. In fact, across the Hawkeye State you’ll encounter hidden gems and secret spots abound. For instance, do you know where you can find the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world? What about how much the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball weighs? And why did the Los Angeles Lakers pay to build a basketball court in the small town of Carroll? Dive in and discover the state’s offbeat history and quirky places through Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Set course for larger-than-life attractions like Albert the Bull, the World’s Largest Strawberry, and the Grotto of the Redemption. Learn more about Grant Wood’s connection to Iowa by visiting his former home and studio, or travel through time and space to the place where Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk will be born in 2233. Even at some of the state’s most well-known places, you’ll discover hidden histories and unique stories that are not often shared. Local author and travel writer Megan Bannister uncovered some of the state’s wackiest attractions to guide your adventure around Iowa. Buckle up, fill up your tank and get ready for an offbeat road trip full of the state’s best kept secrets.

Tickets are non-refundable, with the exception of us rescheduling or canceling the event. If you can no longer attend the event please contact to arrange to pick up your book in store, or to have it mailed.

Tickets include one copy of the book; add-on ticket does not include a book. 

Did you already purchase a copy of Secret Iowa from Dog-Eared Books and would like to attend this event? We require registration, click the button below to save a seat! Add-on tickets will need to be purchased separately if someone is attending with you.

Megan Bannister is an Iowa transplant who has called the Hawkeye State home for more than 14 years. An avid road tripper, Megan writes about offbeat destinations, roadside attractions, and world’s largest things. She is also the author of Iowa Supper Clubs, which highlights classic restaurants both past and present across the state. Megan lives in Des Moines with her husband, cat named Poe, and approximately 52 houseplants. Follow along with her adventures on social media, or by visiting