Book Club for Writers

Ever wish you could include a book’s author in your book club discussions?  Now you can!

In our Book Club for Writers series, we bring a regional author to the table to talk about craft, what it took to write the book, or life as a writer for 30 minutes.  Then we allow 60 minutes for a Q&A and book discussion.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

  • Register for each event by emailing  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

We will be recording each event and making it available to those who register for one month afterwards. So even if you cannot attend, you can watch the session later!

We encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, who may have these books in stock or would be happy to order them for you.

Please join us for our next offering:

Candace Simar – Shelterbelts

Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:00pm by Zoom
Registration Deadline: noon Wednesday, October 12

Candace Simar likes to imagine how things might have been. A life-long Minnesotan, Candace draws on her love of history and Scandinavian roots to create historical fiction set in frontier Minnesota and North Dakota. Her prose and poetry have received awards from the Western Writers of America, Will Rogers Gold Medallion, Laura Awards, Western Fictioneers, Women Writing the West, League of Minnesota Poets, and the Midwest Book Awards. Candace lives in Pequot Lakes.

Tia Fiskum takes charge of the family farm when her brother goes to war. He returns from a German POW camp greatly changed. Tia must stem the gossip, improve the farm and keep going–even though her heart is aching. SHELTERBELTS is a novel of linked-short stories set in Tolga Township at the end of World War 2.

SHELTERBELTS was a finalist for both the 2016 Willa Literary Award in Historical Fiction and the Midwest Book Awards.

Past Book Club Selections:

Brian Malloy – The Year of Ice

Marie Bertineau – The Mason House

Danielle Sosin – The Long-Shining Waters

Linda LeGarde Grover – In the Night of Memory

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.