BlueBirdCove lowAs the temperatures begin to turn warmer people are again returning to the water and JoAnn Deveny, author, “When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope,” wants to remind people to make sure their kids know how to swim. Her son, Billy, drowned in Lake Minnetonka in 1991.



JoAnn Deveny, author, “When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope,” will sign books at “Trista Days,” the Annual Safety Awareness Day event at Minnetrista City Hall on Sat., May 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “When Bluebirds Fly” starts with a riveting account of the Devenys’ journey to their son's bedside. Their story then leads the reader on the path of pain and healing toward the destination of hope and acceptance. This book will change you. The book is a finalist for a 2013 MIPA Book Award.



JoAnn Deveny grew up on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota and graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. JoAnn has appeared on Fox National News, the WCCO Morning Show, the KQRS Morning Show, and other media events commenting on her humorous air travel book, “99 Ways to Make a Flight Attendant Fly—Off the Handle!”  JoAnn now resides in Mound, Minnesota. She continues her flying career and is an accompanist at her local churches.


Trista Day started in 2001 as an attempt to get safety information to kids in the community and quickly grew into a family friendly festival that offers a great opportunity to educate the community. There will be information available about water safety, seat belt use, air bag safety, gun safety, fire prevention, theft prevention, first aid, park and trail safety, victim services, DWI prevention and many other safety topics. 

To arrange an interview with JoAnn Deveny or request a review copy of when Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope, contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, RMA Publicity at 952-240-2513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information can be found at             # # #