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Twin Cities author Judy McConnell signed copies of her debut novel, Dreamhouse, at the Barnes and Noble Booksellers store in Roseville., Minn on June 16. In Dreamhouse, McConnell writes about events she personally experienced during the feminist movement in the 1960s and 70s as seen through the eyes of Radley Gallagher, a young mother caught up in the challenges of raising two young children. “The story is about how that cultural phenomenon impacted this conventional young family in Deephaven, MN. In some ways, the story parallels my life. I lived in that house in Deephaven,” says McConnell, who goes on to describe Dreamhouse as a stark portrayal of the soul-searching dilemma facing a young wife and mother as she confronts head-on the revolutionary changes of the early seventies.
McConnell's book tour for Dreamhouse kicked off on Feb. 10 at the Walker Library in Minneapolis. On Feb. 21, she appeared at Common Good Books in St. Paul. on Mar. 7 she was at Subtext Bookstore, also in St. Paul; and on Mar. 24 she participated in the Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair in Rosemount, Minn.
Articles about the book tour have appeared in the Lakeshore Weekly and MN Sun Sailor. St. Louis Park's City South Magazine is also working on a story to be published soon. For more information, go to the author’s website, www.agreatbook.net.
Unless you or someone you love have been directly affected by mental illness, drug abuse or alcohol addiction, you probably don’t know what’s really involved in recovery; but because it affects so many people, it’s probably time to learn.
As part of its continuing mission to provide resources for men seeking to grow in body, mind and spirit, the Men’s Center of Minneapolis hosted a discussion on recovery the evening of June 19. The guest speaker was Bruce Ario, who has been in recovery since 1979. He shared his story to shed light on recovery in general and more universal terms. Bruce is the author of 2 somewhat autobiographical novels on recovery.
Learn more about his work at www.bruceario.com.
Sports fans are in for a real treat this week. Minnesota publisher North Star Editions is officially releasing Brian Sandalow's Chicago: America’s Best Sports Town the evening of Fri., June 15 at The Book Cellar in Chicago. The foreword for the book was written by Mike Ditka.
Chicago: America’s Best Sports Town examines the histories of the five big teams. There is also a chapter dedicated to Chicago’s college teams and one that offers a look at the lesser known teams. Sandalow has also included information about Chicago’s most accomplished Olympic athletes and other only-in-Chicago sports traditions, such as the Chicago Marathon and the city’s famed high school basketball tradition, plus a while lot more.
Numerous media outlets have done stories about the book. Sandalow was interviewed on WGN Radio's Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder show on June 15, 670 The Score in Chicago on June 9, and WBIG-AM Chicago on June 13. He has also talked about the book on WGN-TV.
For more information about the book, go to www.northstareditions.com.
The official launch party for Sigma’s Bookshelf’s seventh teen authored book drew such a big crowd to the Barnes and Noble in Roseville, Minn. on June 3, there weren't enough chairs for everyone. Thank you for the great support for 14-year-old Vivian Olson of Roseville. The teenager started work on Ela’s Diary when she was in 4th grade and finished it as a project for her 7th grade English class. After learning about Sigma’s Bookshelf, the first publishing company exclusively for teen authors, she decided to submit her manuscript, and it was accepted earlier this year. A good summary of the plot can be found in this story written by the Roseville Review.
Vivian attends Great River School and is in the 8th grade. When asked how it feels to now be a published author she said, "It feels wonderful, but at the same time, not real. It has been my dream for a few years now to be an author. My friends used to joke around about me being a famous author because I wrote so much, but I never really thought that would be even remotely possible until I was an adult.”
Outside of writing, she likes to act, do archery, read, bake, make jewelry, play the violin, and hang out with friends. To learn more about Sigma's Bookshelf, go to www.SigmasBookshelf.com.