Author Expo

Author Expo 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
R.H. Stafford Library • 8595 Central Park Place • Woodbury, MN 55125

Join us in celebrating local authors at Author Expo 2016. Twenty authors will be available for signings and conversation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a writing class at 11 a.m. The Expo will conclude with featured speaker Kao Kalia Yang.

Author talk by Kao Kalia Yang

The Latehomecomer
The Song Poet

Kao Kalia Yang, author of the award-winning book The Latehomecomer, will discuss her new book The Song Poet from 1 to 2 p.m. The Song Poet is about Yang's father's life as a Hmong refugee in Minnesota. See The Song Poet book trailer for more information. Free and open to all.

FREE publishing class for authors

Local author and publisher Sybil Smith will teach a free publishing class for authors from 11 a.m. to noon. A revolution is taking place in the book-publishing industry and the traditional gatekeepers are no longer in control. Authors are now able to produce a finished, professional-quality print book or ebook for fewer out-of-pocket expenses, and take advantage of new ways to promote and sell their books to a worldwide audience. Learn about every stage of the self-publishing process: creation, publication, promoting/marketing and sales — using time-honored, traditional, and cutting-edge strategies. Seating is limited. Register online or call the Washington County Library at 651‑731‑1320.

Meet the Authors

Bill Schrankler

Shadows of Time

Bill Shrankler served as an elementary school principal in St. Paul Public Schools from 1963 to 1994, having earlier worked as a Twin Cities public television science teacher. A University of Minnesota graduate, he later earned a PhD in Education Administration at his alma mater. Schrankler possesses a deep interest in history and currently serves as Vice President of the Woodbury Heritage Society.

Marian Hassan

Bright Star, Blue Sky
Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale
ABC of Peace

Marian Hassan is an educator and picture book author. Her extensive work in early literacy and dual language acquisition and maintenance inspires her to write bilingual/bicultural books to articulate the experience of children and families between cultures.

Holly Harden

Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen
Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen

At age nine, in the back seat of her grandmother's car on the way to a funeral, Holly Harden began to write, and she's been writing ever since. She grew up in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, majored in English at St. Olaf College, and taught secondary English for nine years. In 2002, she earned an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. Harden's nonfiction has appeared in Utne and Fourth Genre, and she edited Garrison Keillor's Good Poems and Life Among the Lutherans. Her book Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen was published by Adventure Publications in 2014, and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen (2015) was her second cookbook. Harden lives in Minnesota, where she writes for A Prairie Home Companion, leads the Forest Lake Writer's Workshop, and helps her three children get to where they going.

Donna Chicone

Being a Super Pet Parent

Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, professional speaker and advocate for dogs. She is a former nurse, family and addictions counselor, 23-year corporate America professional, and host of Jazz and Jive's Show. She is a devoted pet parent to her two Portuguese water dogs, Jazz and Jive, and is an advocate for the humane treatment of animals. Chicone's book recently won the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Award. She lives in Minnesota with her husband. When she in not writing or speaking about dogs, you will find her engaged in pet assisted therapy work and K9 Nosework with her dogs, Jazz and Jive.

Diane Dettmann

Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel
Yasu's Quest: A Tale of Triumph
Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal
Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants

Diane Dettmann was a teacher and literacy staff developer in the St. Paul Public Schools. She is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants, a story about her grandparents coming to America in the early 1900s. In 2011, she released her grief memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal. Her first work of fiction, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, reveals the struggles and hardships two Japanese teenagers face when they are imprisoned in an internment camp during the war. The book was awarded winner of the 2016 Pacific Rim Book Festival in the young adult category. A year later, she released the sequel, Yasu's Quest: A Tale of Triumph. Dettmann has presented her books at local venues and international conferences in Finland and Canada. She is also a contributing author for the National Women's Voices for Change organization in New York City. Dettman lives in Afton, Minnesota, where she continues to follow her writing dream.

Cristobal Krusen

They Were Christians

Cristobal Krusen has a 30 year career as a filmmaker, both writing and directing. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Krusen studied English Literature at Harvard, as well as Film and TV at NYU. They Were Christians is his third book.

Jill Bisker

Finding the Way Back
The Way Forward
Within Reach
The Way Unforeseen

Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her husband and a sweet calico cat named Senora. With her son out of the nest, she set about refilling it with imaginary characters. Now the house again is brimming with unexpected life—from dragons to ghosts—it seems she will never have to fear being alone. Her work includes paranormal mystery, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

Kathleen Westberg

Dying is Weird: A Journey of Enlightenment

Kathleen Westberg, author of Dying is Weird: A Journey of Enlightenment, will be sharing her extraordinary journey through the maze of life, examining at a very young age the actions of her family members and how they handled many of life's most difficult challenges—including death.

David Fabio

Meadow House
The Lost Jewels
The Spot on the Wall

Meadow House is a historical fiction work and is Fabio's tenth novel. It is set in Marine on St. Croix. Prior to that book, he has written six adult novels, and three novels that were written for teens with reading difficulties. Fabio is the author of a bi-weekly photo/journal article for the Stillwater Gazette that has been published for the last eight years. He taught science in St. Paul for five years prior to working at 3M for 26 years.

Robert and Nancy Goodman

Joseph R. Brown Adventurer
In Their Own Words
The Last Rafter

Nancy and Robert Goodman have been independent scholars and local historians for over 25 years. Their first book was published in 1996. Since then they have written five books published by the Washington County Historical Society.

Geoffrey Saign

WhipEye, Book 1 of WhipEye Chronicles
Gorgon, Book 2 of WhipEye Chronicles
Drasine, Book 3 of WhipEye Chronicles

Geoffrey Saign's passion for nature and wildlife inspired his award-winning middle grade/tween urban fantasy series, WhipEye Chronicles. He has a degree in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than 20 years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to speech to self-awareness to novel writing. Saign won the International Book Award and Outstanding Children's Fiction in 2015 for WhipEye. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Colleen Baldrica

Tree Spirited Woman

Colleen Moran Baldrica is an official Chippewa (Ojibwe) Tribe member of the Pembina Band, from the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She has worked for more than 20 years in public education, and holds advanced degrees with an emphasis in School Counseling. She lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her husband.

Tola Akinboro

The Lowborn

Tola Akinboro was born in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood. Akinboro is a writer and poet and also a computer scientist by profession. The Lowborn is his debut work of fiction that was informed by the circumstances and lifestyle in Nigeria in the 1990s. He now lives in Minnesota, where he advanced his profession as a computer scientist.

Gloria VanDemmeltraadt

Darkness in Paradise
Memories of Lake Elmo
Musing and Munching

VanDemmeltraadt is a speaker and author. Capturing memories is her focus. She teaches a class on how to write a memoir. She is a hospice volunteer and has written life stories for more than 80 people. Creating legacies for families is her passion.

Evelyn D. Klein

Seasons of Desire
Once Upon a Neighborhood
From Here Across the Bridge

Evelyn D. Klein, author, speaker, artist, taught in the public schools, Century College, and the Loft Literary Center. She is editor of The Minnesota Scholar. She has a BS in Secondary Education and an MS in the teaching of English. Her poetry and articles have been published in numerous publications, and she is a prizewinning poet. Her books include From Here Across the Bridge, with illustrations by Wolfgang Klein, Once Upon a Neighborhood, and Seasons of Desire, books of poetry, essays and the latter two including her own art. She is currently working on publishing a linguistics book.

Tracy Nelson Maurer

Storm Codes

Tracy Nelson Maurer has written more than 100 books for children and adults, including the award-winning picture book, Storm Codes. Set in the 1960s, in Duluth, Storm Codes is a historically based story of a young girl and her mother restlessly waiting for her father's return home from a shipping trip during a fierce November gale. The book was inspired by her late grandfather, Captain Harvey C. Almstedt, who sailed during the heydays of Great Lakes shipping.

In addition to five new nonfiction books for schools and libraries coming out this fall, Maurer will have two picture book biographies published this spring: John Deere, That's Who! (Henry Holt, 2017) and Noah Webster's Fighting Words (Millbrook, 2017). She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and often brings her interactive presentations to libraries, schools, and other organizations.

Christie Gove-Berg

Esther the Eaglet
Maggie the One Eyed Peregrine Falcon
Minnesota Must See for Families: An A-to-Z List

Christine Gove-Berg grew up in Minnesota and has lived in Forest Lake for ten years. She has three children and works part-time outside the home. For about nine years, she has been part of the Forest Lake Writer Workshop (a local writing group). Her first book was published in 2015. She enjoys writing fiction, children's literature, and poetry.

Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Hauntiques Series
Furry and Flo Series

Thomas Kingsley Troupe is the author of a whole pile of books for children. In his spare time, he investigates haunted houses and takes naps. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota, with his family.

B.K. Parent

Journey's Middle
Journey's Lost and Found
Journey's Seekers
Journey's Crossroads
Journey's Chosen

B.K. Parent, author of the Sommerhjem Journeys series, has been a storyteller all of her life. She is a gleefully retired school psychologist who resides in Minnesota, where she currently serves as the mayor of her city. She splits her time between home and a cabin in Wisconsin. Journey's Middle won the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) 2012 Midwest Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and was a finalist in the Fiction: Fantasy and Science Fiction category. Journey's Lost and Found was a finalist in the MIPA 2013 Midwest Book Awards in both the Young Adult Fiction and the Fiction: Fantasy and Science Fiction categories. Journey's Seekers won the MIPA 2014 Midwest Book Awards in both the Young Adult Fiction and the Fiction: Fantasy and Science Fiction categories. Journey's Crossroads was a finalist in the MIPA 2015 Midwest Book Awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. Parent is currently working on the next book in the Sommerhjem Journeys series.

Wes Erwin

Boundary Waters ABC

Wes Erwin is the author of Boundary Waters ABC. He is currently writing picture books and a middle grade novel and entertains and informs elementary school students with stories about the Boundary Waters. In his spare time, he enjoys canoeing and camping with his family.