BookEnds - Online Edition

Now in its fourth season, BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers. BookEnds Online Edition will be launched on the second Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. BookEnds is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society, Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

This year's authors include: Christopher Lehman, Laura Hansen, Anne Dunn, Margi Preus, Ann Lewis, Alex Messenger, J. Ryan Stradal, Gretchen Anthony, Freya Manfred, Lorna Landvik, and Barton Ross.

Julie Jo Severson

Julie Jo Severson is a versatile journalist, editor, and author of the brand new local guidebook “Secret Twin Cities: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure”. She is based in the Twin Cities and specializes in feature writing for local magazines, nonprofits, and small businesses. She is also available to work with individuals to record, transcribe, and shape their life stories and family heritage information into written legacies for future generations.

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Julie Jo Severson
To purchase books, click here: Travelin Storyseller - Julie Jo Severson


David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle considers himself a lucky man to get to make his living writing and illustrating books for young people. Lately, he's been working on a beginning reader series illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. Coming in May 2021, "How to Apologize", a new picture book for children.

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – David LaRochelle
To purchase books, click here: Travelin Storyseller - David LaRochelle


Mary Logue

Mary Logue, wrote her first mystery when she was in sixth grade—it was about a mysterious trail around a pond. She went on to write about mysterious trails around Lake Pepin in her Claire Watkins mystery series. Mary Logue has now created a striking new heroine: a young Irish immigrant caught up in a deadly plot in nineteenth-century Deadwood, South Dakota in her recent book, "The Streel".

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Mary Logue
To purchase books, click here: Travelin Storyseller - Mary Logue


Peter Geye

Peter Geye is the author of the recently released novel, "Northernmost". Geye is also the author of the award winning novels, "Safe from the Sea", "The Lighthouse Road", and "Wintering", winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches the year-long Novel Writing Project at the Loft Literary Center. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he continues to live there with his family.

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Peter Geye
To purchase books, click here: Travelin Storyseller - Peter Geye


Debra Eckerman Pitton

Debra Eckerman Pitton is the author of the true life adventure book, "No One Left Behind: An unexpected educational adventure at Machu Picchu". In 2010, she led a group of healthcare students to Peru and Machu Picchu. When rain swelled the mountain rivers, flooding downstream villages, the group was trapped and struggled to remain together waiting to be evacuated. Debra Eckerman Pitton is department chair and professor of education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peters, Minnesota and specializes in instructional methodology.

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Debra Eckerman Pitton
To purchase books, click here: Travelin Storyseller - Debra Pitton


Bart Sutter

Poet, Bart Sutter enjoys working in a variety of genres. He has published poems, essays, and stories in dozens of magazines and produced nine books, the most recent of which is "Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood". He has written for Minnesota Public Radio, has had four verse plays produced, and often performs as one-half of The Sutter Brothers, a poetry-and-music duo.

To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Bart Sutter
To purchase this book click here: Travelin' Storyseller - Bart Sutter


Marcie Renden

Marcie Rendon is the author of "Girl Gone Missing", the second book in the award winning Cash Blackbear mystery series. Marcie Rendon is also the recipient of the McKnight Foundation 2020 Distinguished Artist Award, an award created to honor a Minnesota artist who has made significant contributions to the state’s cultural life. Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a writer whose poems, plays, children’s books, and novels explore the resilience and brilliance of Native peoples.
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Marcie Renden
To purchase this book click here: Travelin' Storyseller - Marcie Renden


Gretchen Anthony

Gretchen Anthony is the author of "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners" which she premiered on BookEnds last year. In her poignant, humorous new novel, "The Kids Are Gonna Ask", twin siblings became a national phenomenon when they launch a podcast to find the biological father they never knew. After the Zoom meeting, a recording of this program will be available on the website.
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Gretchen Anthony
To purchase this book click here: Travelin' Storyseller - Gretchen Anthony


J. Ryan Stradal

“The Lager Queen of Minnesota" Recorded August 8, 2020
J. Ryan Stradal is the author of “The Lager Queen of Minnesota", a novel about family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer.
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – J. Ryan Stradal
To purchase this book click here: Travelin' Storyseller – J. Ryan Stradal




Alex Messenger

“The Twenty-Ninth Day” Recorded July 11, 2020
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Alex Messenger
To purchase this book click here: Travelin' Storyseller – Alex Messenger




Ann Lewis

“Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing up on the Great Lakes" Recorded June 13, 2020
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Ann Lewis
To purchase this book click here: Travelin’ Storyseller – Ann Lewis

Margi Preus

"Village of Scoundrels" Recorded May 9, 2020
To hear a recording of the Zoom meeting click here: BookEnds Online Edition – Margi Preus
To purchase this book click here: Travelin’ Storyseller – Margi Preus

 

Allan Woodrow

"The Revenge of the Were-Penguin"
Recorded March 14, 2020
BookEnds Online Edition launched in April with youth author and humorist, Allan Woodrow. Here he talks about his recent book, “The Curse of the Werepenguin”. This was recorded at the Wadena Museum and Bookstore on March 14, 2020.
Hear more about Allan Woodrow and his writing life. Allan Woodrow on Writing March 14, 2020