THE LITERARY SCENE AT GREAT RIVER ARTS

MIDNIGHT RIVER BOOK RELEASE
LAURA HANSEN

Tuesday, June 7, 2017
6 - 8 pm
selected reading by author at 6:30 pm
light refreshments

Little Falls, MN May 18, 2016 — Friends of Laura Hansen will be hosting a book release party at Great River Arts Center in Little Falls on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The event – which is open to the public – features a reception, poetry reading and book signing. Hansen - a resident of Little Falls - is the Winner of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition.

Asked about the competition, Ms. Hansen told us that she received word at the beginning of the year that she had won. Hansen reluctantly admits that she almost hung up on Competition Chair, Wilda Morris, as she thought the call was a scam. Morris went on to explain that the award included a cash prize plus publication of the winning poetry collection, Midnight River.

Stevens Competition Judge and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Bruce Dethlefson, says the poems in Midnight River; “are [an example of] what great poetry is and what great poetry does right”. Distinguished Minnesota poet Kathryn Kysar writes, “Midnight River is a gift, each poem a perfectly wrapped package of observations, memories, and truth.” International best-selling author Douglas Wood (Old Turtle) adds that reading Midnight River “is like coming home”.

The poems in Midnight River were written over the course of twenty years, years during which Laura was working six days a week as a bookseller and local business owner. And though many of the poems are about family and home, they are also filled according to author Diane Glancy with “all the songs of the natural world”.

Midnight River is Hansen’s first full-length book though she previously self-published three chapbooks, Diving the Drop-off, Why I Keep Rabbits and Writing from the Milkhouse. She has also been published in regional literary journals and magazines, appeared on Lakeland Public Television and has had poems aired on Northern Community Radio and National Public Radio.

A former board member of Great River Arts and the Five Wings Arts Council, Laura was presented earlier this year with a Community Arts Leadership Award. Laura Hansen is a 1975 graduate of Little Falls Community High School and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. 


WRITING LINDBERGH 

A COMMUNITY READ AND EVENT WITH MELANIE BENJAMIN, AUTHOR OF THE AVIATOR'S WIFE

Ways to Participate: 

1. READ THE BOOK! 


Books are available at Great River Regional Libraries, Charles A. Linbergh Historic Site, Great River Arts Bookin' It Kiosk, Good Book & Gifts and all major booksellers. 



2. VISIT CHARLES A. LINDBERGH HISTORIC SITE, LITTLE FALLS 


Learn more about the Lindberghs' lives at this historic site and museum
Sat. May 2, 9 or 16 (10 am - 5 pm) or by group appointment 

Author Book signing Saturday, May 16: 11 am - noon

 

3. JOIN A BOOK DISCUSSION 

Participating in a book discussion is a great way to meet other community readers, share thoughts and gain a deeper insight into the novel. 

Upsala Public Library
Monday, March 23- 7 pm

Great River Arts
Tuesday, April 21- 7 pm

Swanville Public Library
Thursday, April 23, 5:30 pm

Charles A. Linbergh Historic Site
Tuesday, April 28, 11 am

Little Falls Public Library
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 pm

Royalton Public Library
Thursday, May 7, 11 am

Pierz Public Library
Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 pm

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
Thursday, May 14, 7 pm 

3. ATTEND THE LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING EVENT WITH MELANIE BROWN
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 7 PM
GREAT RIVER ARTS

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing throughout the event. 


Children's AUTHOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 (4 - 6 PM)  

Featuring: Chris Monroe author and illustrator for Bug on a Bike  & novelist Beth Hautala with her debut Middle-reader Novel Waiting for Unicorns.

Great River Arts is looking forward to hosting the second ever Local Author Family Fun Night.  There will be  activities for the family, both authors will be doing readings, answering questions and will be available for signings!

Books will be available for purchase in advance or on the day of the event!


For More Information about Chris Monroe:

visit her blog >>> HERE <<<

For More Information about Beth Hautala 

visit her website >>> HERE <<<

THE HEARTLAND BIG READ

ORPHAN TRAIN, A NOVEL 

BY CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE 

A Community Book Read & Author Event! 

This runaway New York Times bestseller is based on the orphan trains that traveled from the East Coast to the Midwest carrying thousands of children facing futures determined only by hope and chance. 
 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: 

1. READ THE BOOK! 

Books available at Great River Regional Libraries and Ambiance @53. On sale at Great River Arts Bookin' It Book Kiosk and all major book sellers. 

2. JOIN A BOOK DISCUSSION! 

November 3: Lincoln Elementary School, 4:00 pm

November 5: LF Carnige Library, 3:30 pm

November 6: Swanville Public Library, 5:30 pm

November 7: A. T. the Black & White, 10 am

NOVEMBER 18: GREAT RIVER ARTS, 7 PM  

THE CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK CLUB SPONSORED BY BOOKIN' IT INVITES THE PUBLIC TO JOIN IN AN EVENING OF DISCUSSION OF THE ORPHAN TRAIN BY CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, AT 7 PM AT THE GREAT RIVER ARTS CENTER. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. BOOKS AVAILABLE AT GREAT RIVER ARTS BOOK KIOSK. 

November 19: Pierz Public Library, 5:30 pm

November 19: LFCHS Media Center, 7 pm

3. ATTEND AN AUTHOR EVENT! 

NOVEMBER 21: GREAT RIVER ARTS, 7 PM

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING 

Ms. Kline will talk about her research and the writing process. She will answer questions and sign books. Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of the book to the event. Funding from the Five Wings Arts & GRA make this event possible! 

 

THE GREAT RIVER WRITERS 14TH ANNIVERSARY READING

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, JERRY MEVISSEN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Book Signing- 6:30 pm, Readings- 7 pm 

No cover!

10 readers, several book signing tables, prose, fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, intermission with refreshments provided by GRW members

Laura Hansen

Karol "Pinky" Charon
Dan Dambowy
Jerry Mevissen, Guest Author
Catherine Rausch
Jill Dahmen
Judy Jeub
Patty Wilczeck

Theresa Jarvela
Bill Green

 

LOCAL AUTHOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT

OCTOBER 23RD, 6-7 PM 

Free to attend & open to the public! 

Featuring: Rusty Gwost, Little Falls author of "Proud Paws" & Captain Ron, Brainerd author of "Quack the Lucky Duckling" 

Great River Arts is very excited to present two fabulous local children's book authors for the first ever Local Author Family Fun Night.  There will be  activities for the family, both authors will be doings readings and will be available for signings!