Welcome Back Paul Sailer

Paul Sailer is the author of The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron – November 1942 to August 1944. He is the recipient of the Aviation Writer of the Year award from the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for this compelling biography of Minnesota’s outstanding triple ace Don Beerbower from Hill City.

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Sailer says this about his recent book, I Had a Comrade – Stories about the Bravery, Comradeship, and Commitment of Individual Participants in the Second World War: “History is not dull when it contains engaging, in-depth, true stories about the fascinating young people of the war years. Certainly, there is something we can learn from them.” The book’s foreword is by Richard E. Cole, the last surviving member of the famous 1942 Doolittle Raid against Japan.

The author received a B.S. degree in Social Studies (emphasis American History) from Moorhead State College in 1969, and a pilot’s rating from the U.S. Army’s Advanced Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1970. He spent a year flying helicopters in Vietnam. He and his wife, Lois, live on a tree farm in Wadena County.

Sailer has participated in the Northwoods Art and Book Festival for several years. He especially enjoys meeting people from nearby and as far away as Alaska.

Welcome Chris Norbury

Chris Norbury's first novel, Castle Danger, was published in 2016. In 2017, Castle Danger was honored with a and an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. His second novel, Straight River, will be published in 2018. This is Chris's first visit to the Northwoods Art & Book Festival.

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Chris has been a volunteer Big Brother since 2000 and donates a portion of his book sale proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, he currently lives in Owatonna, MN with his wife and golf clubs. To learn more, please visit his website, chrisnorbury.com.

Meet Judy Jeub

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Judy Jeub grerw up in Chicago but prefers the county life of middle Minnesota so that she can greet the sun in her pajamas with a cup of coffee in hand. She received a degree in religious studies from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and worked for ten years in religious education.

After attending St. Cloud State University, she had a second career as a parent educator, which, she says, “prepared her to be a grandparent.” Her passion is writing, especially stories of ordinary people. She also has a blog where she can express her opinions about such things as politics, religion, and critters that visit her yard.

Judy enjoys reading, needlework, and likes to put the last piece in the puzzle her husband, Bernie, labored over for weeks. Both are retired and enjoy traveling, gardening, preserving the produce together, and spending time with their four children and their partners, twenty-three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Meet Patricia E. Linson

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Patricia Linson, a retired teacher, lives with her husband, Irv, in Minnesota. Through Irv’s daughter, they have four grandchildren. Patricia has published short stories about family members in Kindred Spirit and The Senior Paper. Originally from Winnipeg, she keeps in touch with her Canadian prairie roots through her relatives in Manitoba. A Boy Called Allis, the first of Patricia’s Allister of Turtle Mountain series, was published in 2016. Hope for Allis is Book II. Please also watch for the third book of the trilogy, Becoming Bob

Meet Geoffrey Ferster, Ph.D.

The Sincere Veneer: What Drives the Development Industry off the Rails and How to get it Back on Track


Are you interested in a central development question: Why after $4.5 Trillion spent by Official Development Aid (not incl. Humanitarian Assistance) over 56 years (1960 – 2016) do 3.5 Billion people (half the world’s population) live on $3.80 OR Less per day (2015 prices)?  After spending four decades as an applied economist working in the Development Industry, I explain why the vast resources devoted to developmental issues in recent decades have borne so little fruit commensurate with its goals. Armed with the best of intentions (sometimes) and the generous donations of taxpayers, huge foundations and NGOs, a grown cadre of “experts” has, over time, brought into being that self-perpetuating behemoth we call the Development Industry. But all is not lost in my view. The talent and resources are in place: what’s needed to get the “industry” back on track with concomitant poverty alleviation and significantly improve living standard measurements à is a reorganization of the intellectual infrastructure with a new ‘Operating System’ that guides the systems.

As the book is part memoire: Chapter 3: My Own Story (66 pages) gives examples from five countries (Tanzania, Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi and Ghana) from the field perspective (incl. finance, agriculture and health). I also provide a refresher course in the history of the development industry, describes how it works now, and offers a clear and compelling blueprint with five interoperable recommendations for change. This treatise is in the book.

I discovered preparing and participating in three Northwood Art and Book Festivals the book’s key concepts, tenants, framework, analysis, thesis and examples help people interested in poverty alleviation, economic development and international affairs see through the mists and self-serving sensationalism that so often engulf the reporting of current events. Discover the tools to focus on core issues of current international affairs and investigate them productively.

At each Festival I have several examples of current affairs à and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting people interested in discussing various aspects of poverty alleviation and economic development. Many people are taking actions in various ways to make a meaningful impact! I think the book can be classed as Non-Fiction Mystery and Current Events. I eagerly look forward to meeting you August 11th! 

 (286 pages, see www.sincereveneer.com  and www.gferster.com )

Meet National Best - Selling Author - Christine Husom

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Christine Husom is a national best-selling author from Buffalo. She pens the medium-boiled Winnebago County Mysteries, with seven in print so far, and the cozy— but not too cozy—Snow Globe Shop Mysteries where her bad guys prove that not everyone here is “Minnesota nice.” She has stories in six anthologies and co-edited A Festival of Crime for Nodin Press. Chris served with the Wright County Sheriff Department and is currently a County Commissioner. She and husband have been married for 45 years, and one of their shared joys is having their family of 15 over for Sunday dinners. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, and active with the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime. www.christinehusom.com

Joan Rydberg introduces the Wise Women from Wadworth

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Joan Rydberg introducing the Wise Women from Wadworth dolls, they add warmth to any home they inhabit. My love for polymer clay has been a part of my life for over 20 years. Here is my 'Dance to the Music' whimsical playful sculpture that you can experience and purchase.  You will not find my creations anywhere else but at high quality art and craft shows. That’s why the Hackensack art and book festival is always on my list.

Meet Laura Hansen - Poet

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Laura Hansen is a contributor to regional magazines and literary journals and has self-published three chapbooks. Her poetry has been featured on Lakeland Public Television, Northern Community Radio and NPR. Her poetry appears in the anthologies such as Fog and Woodsmoke (Lost Hills Books) and The Heart of All That Is (Holy Cow Press). Laura, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, owned and operated Bookin' It-an independent bookstore-for twenty years and is a founding member of The Great River Writers. Her poetry collection, Midnight River (N.F.S.P.S Press, 2016), won the 2015 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was a Midwest Book Awards finalist. Laura lives in a pink house on the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota.

Meet Diane Riihiluoma

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While at a show in Quartzite Arizona one winter, my husband and I went to a rock and gem show.  They had more beads, stones and raw rock than I had ever seen in my life.  I was attracted to a stone called a moldavite which I had never seen or heard of before.  They had booths with nothing but turquoise.  I believe that I became hooked on stones at that time.  This started my passion with wire-wrapping stones. 

I took hand-beading classes with my friend, mom, and aunt.  At first I was not very good.  After quite a few classes, I learned lots of techniques from a wonderful teacher and started beading without the classes. 

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It all started about ten years ago.  Today I have a room full of beads, stone, wire and findings.  Every time I go out of town, I seek out a shop that has stones or beads, always searching for the perfect stones to wire-wrap. What I mean by wire-wrapping is that I use 12 or 14 gauge (heavy) sterling silver or copper wire to wrap stones with wire to create a pendant.  This is done with a hammer, anvil, wire cutters, pliers, file, and stones or cabochons.  When I pick a day to wrap stones, I start off by choosing the stones that I believe meet the following criteria:  I am attracted to the stone, the stone is competent, the stones have good edges for the wire to catch.  The first wraps of the day are usually done in copper in case I make a mistake, it is less expensive.  Wire is often not forgiving allowing to reuse for wire-wrapping.  After a few copper wraps, I move on to sterling silver wraps.  Not all wraps work out.  The trick is to get the stone to stay in the wire so it does not fall out.  I have been asked to wrap other people’s stones but usually hesitant because sometimes the stones are too fragile and break or they do not have good edges to catch the wire.  My daughter taught me how to wrap stones over 10 years ago.  The finished pendants are my works of art.  For the most part I love them all but I do have my favorites.  Some stones have a story and they are just part of the piece and the art. 

I also hand-bead jewelry pieces.  I do not use any kits.  All beads are hand selected by me.  I have been told I have a good eye for color.  One of my favorite bracelets is called a Peyote Freeform Bracelet.  I usually start with about 5 different color of beads and a couple of different size beads.  Using the peyote stitch, I hand-bead a base.  The clasps are hand-beaded as well.  The bracelet is embellished with larger focal beads that are randomly hand-beaded into the base.  When finished, they are a work of art.  All done in a freeform style with peyote stitch .  I learned how to bead through the local community education office classes over 10 years ago.

What do you get when you mix Wayne and the Boys

With Portage Brewing Company? A whole lot of FUN!

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Relax and enjoy the fabulous musical talent of Wayne and the Boys One - Man - Band and Legends of South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Wayne Wagner, will be our toe-tapping and boot stopping entertainment this year! Don't miss his performance 11 am to 3 pm, or meander through Lake Avenue taking in all of the artists and authors while enjoying a cold brew from our neighbor to our north... Portage Brewing Company.  

A first for our Festival - We are excited to be featuring Portage Brewing Company out of Walker who will be serving their creative craft beers which will always include something malty, hoppy and funky. They focus on a complex and crushable brewing philosophy with experimentation at the center. 





Meet Chuck and Paulette Durnam - Extrodinary Artists

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 I have been faceting gemstones for the past 40 years. Since I have enjoyed faceting stones for so long I have studied the characteristics of gemstones and how light works within the facets placed on the stone. Recently I have created my own design, normally round or brilliant cuts have 57 facets. My new design “Northern Lights” has 145 facets. Because of light refraction, this cut throws back triple the amount of light, which means more reflected sparkle! In studying faceted stones we have also taken it to a new level by faceting Lake Superior Agates. These natural stones found and hand-picked by us really showcase well.                                                                                                                            This is a hobby both my wife and I have enjoyed for many years – coming down through the generations.  It is a hobby that we are instilling and passing on to the next two generations as well. We know that with modern technology hand cutting and original thought out patterns are truly a dying art form. We are trying to preserve this art form for lifetimes to come.

Cheryl -Jewelry Weaver and more

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My name is Cheryl & I started beading over 10 years ago. I took a community ed class with my friend and I was hooked. For the past 8 years or so we have been attending art/craft fairs together. I have a room in my home full of beads & supplies.  I think bead weaving is my favorite but I also like making other types of jewelry as well, such as stringing and leather items. I enjoy sharing all the pieces I make with others.


Feast on Rhonda Gilliland's Cooked to Death Series

A Yelper since 2008, she is the editor of the foodie anthology series Cooked to Death, and is working on the third in the series. Her film COME AND GET YOUR LOVE, a Native American thriller, won Audience Favorite at the Big Water Film Festival. What I love about the Northwoods Art and Book Festival is the book lovers who come out year after year to step inside the eclectic world of books in the summer.


If you're looking for a recipe so good it's to die for, search no further. We've got fifteen of them.

Lovers wage war with deviled eggs and artichokes. A world-class baker turns to desperate measures to win the contest of a lifetime. An orphaned teenage girl with nowhere left to go finally takes a stand inside a farmhouse kitchen. Lawyers, financiers, and law enforcement turn to the culinary arts to defend their careers and solve their cases. All these and more can be found within the pages of the second volume of the Cooked to Death series.

Fifteen mystery writers have pooled their literary powers and culinary acumen to craft a five-course meal full of surprises both deadly and delicious. And if the crimes uncovered by these sleuths are too much for your stomach, they've got the perfect thing to restore your appetite: each story is followed by an easy-to-make recipe that plays some crucial part in its preceding tale. The game is afoot, and the burners are alit! Enter if you dare--and make sure to bring a fork.

Emily Gray Koehler - Printmaker

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Through dramatic landscapes and visual narratives of the natural world, printmaker Emily Gray Koehler investigates the places she calls home: North Woods and Great Plains, Farm and City, Michigan and Minnesota.

Growing up on her family’s ancestral farm in the forests of Northern Lower Michigan, Koehler developed a strong connection to the natural world.  Always with a sketchbook in hand, the curiosities of the woodlands – from salamanders to samaras – and the activities of the farm inspired her creative endeavors from an early age.  After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Printmaking from Grand Valley State University, she moved to Minnesota, where she discovered a passion for protecting and preserving the world around her.

Initially, Koehler’s work explored the agricultural world familiar from her youth. While these works often hinted at humanity’s complicated relationships with the land and animals we raise, it was not until she began exploring processes such as forest succession, invasive species, surface and groundwater fluctuations and the importance of beneficial insects and arachnids that she built her foundation as an artist and conservationist.

Currently working out of her public studio in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Koehler has exhibited her art throughout the upper Midwest.  Her work is also in public and private collections across the country and in Europe.  In 2015, Koehler was awarded an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board which aided her in the development of a new body of work entitled The Trespasser’s Garden which investigated the ecology of invasive plants in Minnesota. She is also an active member of Project Art for Nature (PAN), a collaborative group of artists and illustrators working to inspire the conservation of nature through art.

Minnesota's Lost Towns


Introducing Rhonda Fochs. Don't miss her presentation at 1:00 in the UCC sanctuary, as she presents the Forgotten History of Minnesota's Lost Towns. Journey to the past and visit over 500 Minnesota lost towns. Learn what created them, how they grew and prospered, why they died, where they are located and what you’ll see there today. Learn the stages of a “boom and bust” cycle and how lost towns are classified according to their physical remnants. Meet “Minnesota’s Lost Towns” author and former history teacher Rhonda Fochs and hear the stories and tales of the people and places of Minnesota’s past. Feel free to bring memories and stories of your own places of the past to share. 

After several years of working in the public and private sector, doing everything from assembling Tonka Toy trucks (when they were made in America), working in a LP record distribution warehouse, serving in a variety of public governmental roles, managing a construction office, to becoming a social studies teacher at the age of forty-two, Rhonda is recently retired. Her passion for history, especially local and regional history, has resulted in the Minnesota’s Lost Towns series, which chronicles Minnesota used-to-be towns and communities. Readers can learn more about Rhonda and her exciting books at www.rhondafochs.weebly.com or at www.facebook.com/MinnesotasLostTowns

We are excited to introduce you to Joanna Dymond

Bring your children, grandchildren and yourself! Do not miss this special presentation!

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Howling Yowling Growling with the River Pack. Meet award winning author and wolf advocate Joanna Dymond who will talk about her book for children - the true nature of the wolf, the many ways they communicate, how they live as a family, raise their pups, and live free. Then join the art class with Joanna and create your own wolf. Joanna will be outside the UCC at 10:00 a.m. at the Northwoods Art & Book Festival for a Children's Presentation.
Watercolor pencils and art paper provided. Prizes and a surprise guest.

Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack introduces children to the wolf of northern Minnesota, a highly intelligent, playful animal, devoted to its family or pack. The book is divided into five episodes, each describing a day in the life of an individual wolf. It explains how the wolves raise their young, coordinate hunting, form friendships, feed the pups and elderly wolves, and joyfully play together, embracing a culture of cooperative living similar in many ways to the human family. Readers meet Kohanamaku, the alpha wolf and leader of the pack; his brother Bonga, the beta wolf who is second in command; Shuggy, a cousin who loves flowers; Sensor, the omega wolf who babysits the pups and acts as court jester; and Argon, a lone wolf. They also meet the pups, Mitey, Louie, and Blossom, their mother Danita, the alpha female wolf; and grandpa wolf Mahlon, the retired alpha. The episodes show how the wolves handle imminent danger from hunters and trappers surviving through their quick thinking. Winner of the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention.

the Native Skywatchers program

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Will be presented at the Art & Book Festival by James Knutson-Kolodzne, The Native Skywatchers (NSW) program materials includes constellation guidebooks, various star maps, a plani-spheres, and a teacher’s workbook. Our NSW research and programming continuously seeks out elders, culture teachers, language experts, and community members to discuss the Ojibwe and D(L)akota star knowledge.  Under the direction of the NSW founding director; Annette Lee (Lakota), and artist William Wilson (Ojibwe) and with help from other native elders and educators, they have created two astronomically accurate, culturally important star maps, Ojibwe Giizhig Anung Masinaaigan  Ojibwe Sky Star Map and Makoċe Wiċaŋpi Wowapi  D(L)akota Sky Star Map.

These native star maps were disseminated to regional educators at the first Native Skywatchers Middle School Teacher workshop in 2012. In addition, hands-on curriculum that combines astronomy, culture, language and art has been developed. As with many North American tribes much cultural knowledge, especially cultural astronomy, has been lost. The goal of the Native Skywatchers programming is to build community around the native star knowledge.

James will also be representing William Wilson's work.

William Wilson is Ojibwe from Ontario, Canada near Lake Nipigon (Animbigon Zaaga’igan – All you see is water).  William was born and raised at his grandparent’s house where they only spoke Ojibwe and lived traditionally.  Winter camp, snowshoeing, trapping, fishing, moose hunting and blueberry picking were a part of everyday survival.

Much of the artwork is inspired by dreams and visions.  All of the brightly colored paintings are done in Ojibwe x-ray style.  We are seeing the picture as the spirits see us.  They see right through.  The strange looking animals and figures are portrayed as they come in ceremony.

William’s work has been purchased for the permanent collection by the Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN and the Madeline Island Museum, La Point, WI.  This work is funded by the MN State Arts Board, Cultural Community Partnership Grant.