9:30am in the Fireside Room
A Writer’s Journey – The Authors of Peace Church
During January, we will continue to honor and celebrate the authors among us who have written and published books. You may be surprised by the number of authors we have in our community including those who have written novels, plays, non-fiction, poetry and autobiography. At each forum, we will talk with authors about their books and hear the story of their writing journey. Watch for their books on display in the Fireside Room during January.
January 8 – Tom Isbell is a Theatre professor at UMD and the author of several plays – “Dear Finder” and “One River, Many Stories” and several thrilling books—The Prey and The Capture.
January 15 – Adam Pine is a professor at UMD in the geography department. He has written a book Confronting Hunger in the USA: Searching for Community Empowerment and Food Security in Food Access Programs. Food insecurity in the US is a critical issue that is experienced by approximately 15% of the population each year. This book focuses on how four different food-based community programs address both the physical sensation of hunger as well as the political and economic disempowerment that work against the ability of people experiencing food insecurity to mobilize as a political force.
January 22 – Beth Bartlett and Pamela Mittlefehldt
Beth Bartlett has been a professor and part of Women’s Studies at UMD since its beginnings in 1980. After 20 years in Political Science, she officially joined the Department of Women’s Studies, now Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in 1999.
She has authored several articles and books including Sarah Grimke’s Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays; Liberty, Equality, Sorority: The Origins and Interpretation of American Feminist Thought: Frances Wright, Sarah Grimke, and Margaret Fuller; Journey of the Heart: Spiritual Insights on the Road to a Transplant; and Rebellious Feminism: Camus’s Ethic of Rebellion and Feminist Thought. Her most recent book, based on grassroots feminism in the Twin Ports, Making Waves: A History of Feminist Organizations in the Northland was just published.
Pamela Mittlefehldt is the editor of several books including, Beloved of the Earth and Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior. Pamela’s Introduction reads, “Sweet Water Sea. Shining Big-Sea Water. Lake Superior…It sings to us ‘in syllables/of sapphire and silver,’ as Meridel Kahl writes. In its ancient language we hear legend and story. It thunders. It is mute. Jane Graham George observes that the ‘mind imprints what it loves.’ Lake Superior has been imprinted on mind and memory, in dreams and poems.”
January 29 – Lucie Amundsen, author and farmer. Locally Laid (Penguin 2016) is a humorous telling of this unlikely egg farm start up and through it, a painless lesson in America’s food system.
“Witty and eye-opening, Locally Laid is a gem. I found myself rooting for this couple of lunatics who get into the egg business in the most unlikely of places, in the most unlikely of circumstances. Lucie B. Amundsen, aka Bird, is utterly uninhibited and quite hilarious.”
–Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
“Lucie Amundsen’s refreshingly honest account of starting a mid-sized farm will resonate with any business owner. She brings the perfect measure of levity to her tale, keeping the reader laughing during even the most tense moments of this true-to-life story. Locally Laid is a plucky read worthy of a place on every eater’s bookshelf!” –Anastasia Cole Plakias, founding partner of Brooklyn Grange and author of The Farm on the Roof.