Tonight is the Midwest Book Awards Gala

Tonight is the Midwest Book Awards Gala

Update: Tonight is the Midwest Book Awards Gala. The three finalists in Young Adult Fiction category, Slider’s Son, Waking in Time, and Murder Book, are drastically different. They’re all good. They’re all well-written with good characters and a good...
Maple River Creative Writing students

Maple River Creative Writing students

Jason Willis, my friend for years, teaches English at Maple River, and last week, he invited me to visit his Creative Writing class Friday afternoon. We only had an hour, but what great kids. Great questions, great thinkers, obviously lots of passion for stories in...
Allen Eskens and more

Allen Eskens and more

I’ve been so busy with school and life that I haven’t blogged for ages. First, I need to announce that Allen Eskens will be visiting South Central College, Conference Center B, on Wednesday, March 21, noon to 1. He’ll talk and read; all four of his...
Serenity prayer on the Bike and in Books

Serenity prayer on the Bike and in Books

So much is out of our control, and so much in life can drive us crazy if we let it. I’m recently reminded when Slider’s Son was passed over–or completely ignored–in a nomination (which shall remain anonymous) for a book list, where I thought it...
Let it snow.

Let it snow.

Today, the entire Mankato community has a snow day. All schools and colleges and many work places are closed. Teachers and students alike rejoice as soon as the closing announcement hits our news source. My husband has to plow snow for MnDOT, so that’s the one...
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