Forest City’s annual, and wonderfully named, summer festival, Puckerbrush Days, starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.
For the first time, the festival includes an event to showcase some of the city’s many authors. A meet and greet is planned for 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Forest City Public Library. Eight authors will be there, and you can visit with them about their books, about writing in general, or (hopefully!) buy some of their books, too, and have them signed. I will be one of the eight authors at the library.
Here is a list of the authors who are scheduled to attend. After that, there’s another list, of other authors from Forest City or with Forest City connections.
I’ve been fortunate to live in two areas rich in writing talent, with authors of national reputation — novelists, poets, essayists, historians. Along with authors just starting their careers, and authors who have something personal to say that may influence your own lives. A wide and good range. The first place I lived, for most of my life, in fact, was southwest Minnesota, home to a deep pool of quality writers. And now here, Forest City.
Writers are remarkable resources for and in any area, of course, people of talent and passion and intellect. Some regions neglect or take their artists for granted. It’s very nice to see Forest City embracing its.
Forest City Authors: Books & Websites
Jamie Dierks (Jamie Lee Scott): www.jamieleescott.com
USA Today best-selling author. Known for: The Gotcha Detective Agency Series (Let Us Pray, Textual Relations, Death of a Sales Rep, and What a Meth). Coming soon in the series: (B)adVice. Also the author of a new adult rodeo romance series!
About Let Us Prey: “Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, has been hired to protect New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Silke, who was recently assaulted in the bathroom at a paranormal conference. Though Mimi is hired to act as bodyguard for Lauren’s upcoming book tour, plans change when Lauren’s assistant is murdered and the slaying is a replica of a scene from Lauren’s newest novel. A novel that hit bookstores the same day as the killing.”
Joy Newcom: joymnewcom.com
Known for: Involuntary Joy, her candid memoir of the birth of her first child, a son born with spina bifida and other birth defects.
About Involuntary Joy: “Involuntary Joy describes the thoughts and feelings that went unshared after the birth of Joy Newcome’s first child 20 years ago. As his day-to-day realities became her own, she experienced an involuntary transformation, eventually leaving a career she loved to become a stay-at-home mom who worked part-time.”
KEVIN THORSHEIM: http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Tall-Tales-Old-West/dp/0738803707
Known For: Ten Tall Tales of the Old West
Valerie Lackore: Facebook.com/trialstotriumphs and www.christianpublish.com
Known for: Trials to Triumphs, the true story of the Lackore family whose son, Justin, endured more than 50 laser surgeries on his throat. Many times the situation they faced seemed hopeless, filled with many questions & despair in the seven-year trial.
Barb Mills (Bartenn Mills): bartenmills.com
Known for: Fiction writing, including the short stories “Chicken Lady” and “Hooked.”
Dana Yost: danayost.wordpress.com
Known for: The full-length poetry collection “Grace,” the essay-and-poetry books “The Right Place,” and “Good Shepherds,” and the regional-and-sports history book “A Higher Level: Southwest State Women’s Tennis 1979-1992.”
About Grace: “Grace traces the journey from a wish for peace in the first poem to struggles against mental murk to a calm communion with the moon in the last. But Yost’s writing throughout is anything but murky; he writes clearly and affectingly of his various subjects, with the sharp images and American diction of a midwestern William Carlos Williams.”
Greg Flugum: www.amazon.com/Greg-Flugum/e/B00CBF9HGK
Known for: The non-fiction books At Coffee, and It Can’t Be My Heart.
About At Coffee: “What are the benefits of belonging to an elderly peer group? Especially a peer group of old retired men telling stories and tall tales. This book, written in humorous form, will enlighten you with those very benefits as well as the oddities that occur within a peer group. Just try to keep a straight face reading the section called ‘Believable Stories – Honest!’”
Known for: Sunshine Falls, a collection of essays; Archeology of Bones; Dead Triathletes Speak, Tanning Season, and Still in Soil.
About Sunshine Falls: “Sunshine Falls is Kyle Torke’s beautiful, elegiac account of living in a world rich with mystery and impermanence. In crisp, sparkling prose through twenty far-reaching, story-driven essays, we follow the author from his first love in sixth grade to the demise of his marriage thirty years later, experiencing the full potency, confusion, and promise of human interaction, loss, and triumph.”
Other authors with Forest City connections:
Tim Bascom, director of creative writing at Waldorf College. Author of the memoir Chameleon Days. http://www.waldorf.edu/Residential/About-Us/Directory/Bascom
David Bolstorff, former longtime Waldorf College football coach and chaplain, author of Reflections from the Sideline, and with his wife Donna, of God’s Voice Around Us, and Rising from the Spirit.
Eric Brunsvold, author of Gardening with Grandma. (illustrated by Miranda R. Mueller) http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9780615389448
Gina Hanson Hanson, author of The Hanson Heritage.
Scott Mathiasen, blogger, writer of inspirational and religious works. http://fourfeetsixinches.wordpress.com/about/
Barb Ruiter and Cindy Ruiter, author of the children’s book Pink is Perfect for Pigs. (illustrated by Andy Sinnwell) http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Perfect-Pigs-Barbara-Ruiter/dp/156883019X
Brad Steiger, author of more than 180 books, including biographies of Judy Garland, Jim Thorpe, Greta Garbo; books of inspiration; books on true crime; and books on the phenomenal and paranormal. Writes frequently with his wife Sherry. http://www.bradandsherry.com
Joe Wilkins, former director of creative writing at Waldorf College, author of the memoir The Mountains and the Fathers, and the poetry collections Killing the Murnion Dogs and Notes from the Journey Westward. joewilkins.org
Mike VanAuken, author of the children’s book Tom’s Thumbs. (illustrated by Katy Hemberger).