School Presentations are the Best

This past week I visited 9th and 10th graders at Pillager High School. They had just finished reading ABERCROMBIE TRAIL and were enthusiastic with their questions and responses. If you’ve heard my presentations, you know that I started writing historical fiction set in Minnesota so that readers would learn more about their history.  I like […]

Guest Blogger Charlie Johnson Reviews Shelterbelts

BOOK REVIEW of SHELTBERBELTS By Charlie Johnson: SHELTERBELTS By Candace Simar 267 pages Published by North Star Press My taste in reading favors people; real people. I’m not much for murder mysteries or romances. Give me ordinary folks who live ordinary lives but yet have their own stories to tell. You can’t get much more ordinary […]

Shelterbelts Named a Finalist in the Willa Literary Awards for Historical Fiction

I’m honored to be named a finalist in this year’s Willa Literary Awards for Historical Fiction.  It’s like getting a silver or bronze at the Olympics, and I couldn’t be happier.  The best of all is that I get to make an unexpected trip to the Women Writing the West Convention in Santa Fe, NM, […]

Grand Rapids Friends of the Library Raffle

Isn’t this a great idea?  The Grand Rapids Friends of the Library in collaboration with the Loon Country Quilters created this beautiful 3ft X 5ft wall hanging.  The  signatures of 20 Minnesota authors are embroidered on the spines of the different books.  I was thrilled to be included with Mary Casanova, John Coy, Nancy Carlson, Monica Ferris, Brian Freeman, Pete Hautman, […]

Fort Abercrombie History Days June 11-12, 2016

  I may not be taking the stage into Fort Abercrombie this weekend, but I will be going there.  I’ll have a book table all weekend, with a presentation at 2pm on Sunday about the early history of the region.   Building homesteads on the prairie wasn’t easy.  I’ll share my research about how the immigrants survived […]

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