NDSU Press to launch six books at annual party Thursday

This feature story about the NDSU Press Party is written by Chelsey Engelhard Ewen, and can be found on The Arts Partnership blog page.

It’s time to celebrate the literary arts in our community!

This Thursday from 7-9pm at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, Partner NDSU Press invites the public to celebrate six authors and their brand new books.

Come shop, snack and mingle with the authors, who will each do a more formal presentation about their books and the research that went into writing them.

“At our book launch, we hear the books and we eat them, too,” says Dr. Kelley (from the party in 2017)

“Our party is a blend of literary, visual, and even musical arts as we feature our authors, book designers, and the music of singer-songwriter Amanda Standalone,” says NDSU Press Editor in Chief, Dr. Suzzanne Kelley. “After the formal reading portion, the authors will be happy to visit individually with guests and to autograph books.”

The six books (in no particular order) and their authors are:
“Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949” by David W. Mills
“Songs of Horses and Lovers” poetry by Madelyne Camrud
“The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape” by William R. Caraher and Bret A. Weber
“Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal” by Matthew Valan
“Thunderbird” poetry by Denise Lajimodiere
“The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota” by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc, with a history by Kevin Carvell and photographs by Wayne Gudmundson


North Dakota State University Press is a scholarly and literary press that aims to become the press of choice for scholars of the plains and prairies. Since 1950, it has published an average of one book per year, but as of summer 2015, the organization made it their mission to elevate to university press status, which includes the publication of up to 10 books per year.


The third annual NDSU Press Party is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar is available to those of age. NDSU Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center is located at 1241 North University Drive in Fargo.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook.


“NDSU Press gives region a voice”

Out of the blue, I received a call some time ago asking if I’d be interested in interviewing for North Dakota Living, “North Dakota’s Best Read Publication.” Well, um, YES. 🙂 That  call was followed by another, this time from Luann Dart, who asked me multiple pertinent questions about the history of NDSU Press and just what it is we do. She managed to fit quite a bit of the story into an article aptly named, “NDSU Press gives region a voice.” Thank you for the attention, Luann and North Dakota Living. If you didn’t already get a copy in your mailbox, you can check out the story and photos here.

Photo by Ken Smith

When the “PRINTING” light is on, we’re all business. Thank you to Allan Burke, who keeps us all hopping at the Braddock News Letterpress Museum. From left to right: Sydney Olstad, Amanda Biles, Jerry Swartzenberger, Rachel Heuer, Clarence Hertz, Suzzanne Kelley, Angela Beaton, Allan Burke, Maggie (sorry, I can’t remember your last name), and Ken Smith—AKA Printer’s Devils.

Find out more about what we’re up to by attending our 3rd Annual NDSU Press Party, free and open to the public.

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Wishing All the Best to Angela

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Angela Beaton, who has served for almost two years as our Graduate Editorial Intern and who is a graduate of both the Intro and the Practicum in Publishing classes. Angela is leaving her assistantship here at NDSU Press for a terrific job at Minnesota State University Moorhead working in the Livingston Lord Library. Her duties will include coordinating the Comstock Read Aloud Book Award, now in its 13th year of recognizing authors and illustrators and promoting reading and reading aloud. She will also tend to the manuscript collections in the University Archives and take an active role in the Curriculum Materials Center. Angela’s last day with the press coincides with our 3rd Annual NDSU Press Party. When you see her, please wish her all the best. I shall miss her immensely, but I will enjoy our new friendship and professional relationship as colleagues. Best of luck, Angela!

Angela in San Fancisco

Kudos to Angela Beaton, Editorial Intern Extraordinaire, who ROCKED our first-ever conference exhibition. Here she is, ready to help folks at the Western Social Science Association 59th Annual Conference in San Francisco know that NDSU Press is publishing scholarly and literary works.

Press Title Wins Award

It is with great delight that we start this blog site off with an award announcement. William C. Sherman’s Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota, 2nd Edition, has recently been named as the 2017 Notable Document Award by the North Dakota Library Association. This win moves his book automatically into competition at the national level with the American Library Association.

First published by NDSU Press (then the Institute for Regional Studies Press) in 1983, Prairie Mosaic was reprinted January 2017 in a collaborative effort with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and the NDSU Libraries. This Second Edition hardcover book now includes twenty new pages of photos and a new introduction by University Distinguished PrFinal coverofessor Thomas D. Isern.

Our thanks to Michael Miller and Jeremy Poseley-Kopp for sorting through hundreds of photos in the William C. Sherman Photograph Collection, and to Amanda Booher, who designed the new book cover and finessed all of the additions  to the interior design.

We anxiously await news of how Prairie Mosaic will fare at the national level.