My latest Short Stories and the Grasshopper Plague of Minnesota

Today I gave a zoom presentation for the Friends of the Brainerd Library about the two new anthologies in which I have stories. I read from GRASSHOPPERS FOR SUPPER in Why Cows Need Cowboys and mentioned the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. I thought to post the photos plus the book cover of Harvest of Grief, a great book about the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. Click Here for the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook Live Event

The Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring Minnesota

I also read from my novella, TERRIBLE AND WONDERFUL, included in Librarians of the West Quartet.

I was thrilled to be part of both these publications. Check them out if you get a chance. Why Cows Need Cowboys is nonfiction stories of untold history in the west. It would be a great Christmas gift for a youngster in your life ages 8 and older.

The Historical Novel Society reviewed the Librarians of the West and said

“Terrible and Wonderful by Candace Simar is set in the wheat fields of North Dakota in 1902. Precocious fourteen-year-old Pearl challenges wealthy, snooty Charlene Dahl for the job of hired hand/reader for Widow Scrimshaw. Simar’s plot thickens as Pearl lands the job and thus begins a “pep rally for Pearl” to win over the crotchety widow, host a lending library and possibly receive a Carnegie grant of $10,000 for a real library! Think Anne Shirley meets Nellie Olson.”

Thanks for listening today and thanks for your interest in my work.


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