The Folk School on Willow Creek

Publisher note from Suzzanne Kelley

Welcome to the Folk School on Willow Creek, featuring University Distinguished Professor Tom Isern, singing and telling stories from the Salon on Willow Creek. Every Friday evening, 8:00 p.m. Central Time, Isern belts out ballads and tells the backstories of the lyrics, the authors, and the people of the plains who sang the songs. This Friday, July 25, he’ll feature “The Letter Edged in Black.” Do you know the significance of the edging? Tune in . . . you’ll find out. The Folk School lasts about 30 minutes, but you’ll wish it lasted longer. This week’s program is the 14th in the series.

Here is a link to Prairie Public’s Main Street, where host Doug Hamilton interviewed Isern just this week about the Folk School.

And here is a link to the Folk School page on Facebook.

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Literary Aspirations on the Northern Plains

Publisher note from Suzzanne Kelley

In late September, NDSU Press will be visible in multiple sessions and responsibilities at the 55th Northern Great Plains History Conference for 2020. Too bad for all of us, our sessions will be virtual, but I still look forward to witnessing the splendid work from scholars across the United States and Canada. While the conference is by necessity going virtual, its home base will still be Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the sacred and ancestral lands of the Ojibwe and Dakota Nations.

Two of our NDSU Press authors and I will present papers in the session called Literary Aspirations on the Northern Plains, wherein…

Prairie scholars describe and reflect upon their literary aspirations and their place in the history of the northern plains. The first author examines the seventy-year history of publishing by the Institute for Regional Studies; the emergence of its publishing imprint, North Dakota State University Press; and its vision as the voice of the prairies and the plains. The second author reflects on his ambitions and audacity in roasting that great chestnut of regional history, the Nonpartisan League. The third author considers how best to invigorate the familiar genre of collected essays in the realm of regional literary nonfiction.

Here are the session participants:

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Moderator: Jeanne K. Ode, Acting Press Director and Managing Editor of South Dakota History, South Dakota State Historical Society Press

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Suzzanne Kelley

Paper 1: “Serving, not only the scholarly world, but the world in which the scholar lives”: North Dakota State University Press Celebrates 70 Years. Suzzanne Kelley, Publisher and Assistant Professor of Practice

 

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Terry L. Shoptaugh

Paper 2: Roasting a Chestnut: Historians Return to the Nonpartisan League. Terry L. Shoptaugh, Archivist and Professor of History (Ret’d.), Minnesota State University–Moorhead

 

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Thomas D. Isern

Paper 3: Doing History in Grassy Places. Thomas D. Isern, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of History, North Dakota State University

 

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David Grettler

 

 

Commentator: David Grettler, Professor of History, Northern Sate University, South Dakota

 

 

 

 

We invite YOU to attend the session and/or the whole conference, September 16-19, 2020. Follow along for updates here: 2020 Northern Great Plains History Conference.

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Taking NDSU Press Home for a While

Dear NDSU Press friend,

Like others who are able, our graduate assistant, interns, and I will be conducting NDSU Press business from our home locations.

Book orders will be shipped out once per week on Mondays. Orders can be placed anytime through our website “Shop Now” link at http://www.ndsupress.org.

I’m SO sorry to back up our send-outs like this. We dislike having to spend our 70th anniversary confined, but it is what we shall do.

 

Everyone take care, and–here’s what THIS doctor orders–use this time to read and write.

—Suzzanne Kelley, Publisher, NDSU Press

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5th Annual NDSU Press Party & 70th Anniversary

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

NDSU Press is pleased to announce our 5th Annual NDSU Press Party is about to commence! Free and open to the public, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, music and readings, prose and poetry, cake—who could ask for more? Well, what the heck, since it’s our 70th anniversary, let’s throw in a 25 percent discount on book purchases and some door prizes, too!

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 University Dr N, Fargo, ND

This year’s featured titles and authors:

  • Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors, by Denise K. Lajimodiere
  • Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota, by Terry L. Shoptaugh
  • Girl on a Float, by Brian Bedard
  • Harvest Widows, by Nick Bertelson
  • The Mammals of North Dakota, Second Edition, by Robert Seabloom
  • Pacing Dakota, Audio Version, by Thomas Isern and produced by Amanda Watts

NDSU Press aims to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary scholarship throughout the Red River Valley, state of North Dakota and the plains of North America. The press publishes peer-reviewed scholarship shaped by national or international events and comparative studies. NDSU Press operates under the umbrella of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.

This project is supported in part by generous donors to the NDSU Press Fund; the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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5th Annual NDSU Press Party & 70th Birthday

70 Logo for Website

Hear ye! Hear ye!

NDSU Press is pleased to announce our 5th Annual NDSU Press Party is about to commence! Free and open to the public, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, music and readings, prose and poetry, cake—who could ask for more? Well, what the heck, since it’s our 70th birthday, let’s throw in a 25 percent discount on book purchases and some door prizes, too!

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 University Dr N, Fargo, ND

This year’s featured titles and authors:

  • Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors, by Denise K. Lajimodiere
  • Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota, by Terry L. Shoptaugh
  • Girl on a Float, by Brian Bedard
  • Harvest Widows, by Nick Bertelson
  • The Mammals of North Dakota, Second Edition, by Robert Seabloom
  • Pacing Dakota, Audio Version, by Thomas Isern and produced by Amanda Watts

NDSU Press aims to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary scholarship throughout the Red River Valley, state of North Dakota and the plains of North America. The press publishes peer-reviewed scholarship shaped by national or international events and comparative studies. NDSU Press operates under the umbrella of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.

This project is supported in part by generous donors to the NDSU Press Fund; the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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4th Annual NDSU Press Party

From NDSU Publicist Zachary Vietz

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It’s that time of the year again where NDSU Press gets to show off its great books!

Join us on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 P.M. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center and hear from our wonderful authors and their new books.

The works being featured are Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley, Hunter’s Log: Volumes II & III by Timothy Murphy, Pacing Dakota by Thomas D. Isern, Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949 by David W. Mills, Still by Rebecca E. Bender and Kenneth M. Bender, and Destiny Manifested by Bonnie Larson Staiger.

It is sure to be a wonderful, literature filled night with music from Cat Sank Trio, refreshments, a cash bar, and best of all: free and open to the public!

Check-in at our Facebook event here.

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Reading at the Rourke, Hunter’s Log: Volumes II & III

Join us at the Rourke Art GallHunter's Log II & III coverery on February 2, 2019, for a reading from one of the last works of the late prairie poet Timothy Murphy The event is also a showcase of Murphy’s collection of Charles Beck’s woodcuts. Murphy and Beck were long-time friends and collaborators, with several of Beck’s woodcut images appearing on Murphy’s book covers. These literary and visual artists found inspiration in the same landscape. We will be launching Hunter’s Log: Volumes II & III, with poems read by Murphy’s brother, Jim Murphy, and friends.

This publication celebration is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will be from 3-5:30 P.M. at The Rourke Art Gallery & Museum located at 521 Main Ave, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560

RSVP to our Facebook event here and keep up to date on the event!

Upcoming Book Tour for Pacing Dakota!

We are happy to announce an upcoming book tour with Dr. Isern’s Pacing Dakota. Below you will find the NDSU Press write up with event details:

NDSU University Distinguished Professor Tom Isern, author of the acclaimed new book, Pacing Dakota, is coming to your locality! His Holiday Book Tour, December 6 through 9, includes appearances in Watford City, Minot, Williston, Bowman, and Bismarck. Each stop offers the opportunity to purchase books for holiday gifts or just good winter reading, with profits going to local businesses and organizations.

Watford City | Thur., Dec. 6 | 3 to 7:00 p.m.
Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, in the Long X Visitor Center, 100 Second Av SW, Watford City
Booktalk (at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.), reading, performance, and autograph party
Contact: Jan Dodge, jandodge74@gmail.com

Minot | Fri., Dec. 7 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Main Street Books, 8 Main St. S., Minot
Conversation with readers, signing for purchasers
Contact: Val Stadick, mainstreetbooks@srt.com

Williston | Fri., Dec. 7 | 5 to 8:00 p.m.
Books on Broadway, 12 W Broadway, Williston
Holiday open house, conversations with readers, signing for purchasers
Contact: Chuck Wilder, bksbdwy@nemontel.net

Bowman | Sat., Dec. 8 | 3 to 5:00 p.m.
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, 12 1st Av N, Bowman
Booktalk, song, reading, signing for purchasers
Contact: Jean Nudell, ptrm@ptrm.org

Bismarck | Sun., Dec. 9 | 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Ferguson Books Bismarck, 413 E Broadway, Bismarck
Booktalk, song, reading, signing for purchasers
Contact: Dane Ferguson, dane@fergusonbooks.com

Visit the NDSU Press Facebook | View the video trailer for Pacing Dakota

Pacing Dakota, published by North Dakota State University Press, is a collection of stories from across North Dakota–stories that are packed with human interest, but also have much to say about community and life on the northern plains in our times. People of the region know Prof. Isern’s voice from Plains Folk, his weekly feature on Prairie Public Radio. He brings the same evocative narrative voice to the printed page in Pacing Dakota. The hardback work was published in July and is now in its second printing.

The author is keen to meet friends and grads of NDSU–and to sign books for them to read or to gift to friends, family, and fellow fans.

With Prof. Isern on the Holiday Book Tour will be Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, Editor-in-Chief, North Dakota State University Press. Dr. Kelley is happy to visit with prospective authors and others interested in the work of the press.

National, Regional, and State Awards

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Our publishing year has been phenomenal, with record-breaking sales and national, regional, and even state book awards that have us all marveling at our good fortune. Check out this list just for 2018:
  • Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction–General, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award: Apple in the Middle, by Dawn Quigley
  • First Place, North Dakota Library Association Notable Document Award: The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc, with history by Kevin Carvell and photographs by Wayne Gudmundson.
  • Third Place, North Dakota Library Association Notable Document Award: The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape, by William Caraher and Bret Weber
  • Gold Medalist, IPPY Awards, Cover Design: Derby Girl: A Memoir, by Sammi Jones; cover design by Jamie Hohnadel Trosen
  • Bronze Medalist for Midwest–Best Regional Nonfiction, IPPY Awards: The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc, with history by Kevin Carvell and photographs by Wayne Gudmundson.
  • Bronze Medalist for Science, IPPY Awards: North Dakota’s Geologic Legacy, by John P. Bluemle
  • Finalist, Autobiography/Memoir, Foreword INDIES Award: Derby Girl: A Memoir, by Sammi Jones
  • Finalist (of three), LGBT Nonfiction, Foreword INDIES Award: Derby Girl: A Memoir, by Sammi Jones
  • Finalist (of three), Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Books, Midwest Book Awards: Music at NDSU, by Robert Groves
  • Finalist (of three), Fiction–Literary/Contemporary/Historical, Midwest Book Awards: This Could Have Been a Simple Story, by Ajla Terzic, Translated from the Bosnian by John K. Cox
  • Finalist (of three), Social Science/Political/Culture, Midwest Book Awards: Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota, 2nd Edition, by William C. Sherman, new Introduction by Thomas D. Isern
  • Finalist (of three), Social Science/Political/Culture, Midwest Book Awards:The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc, with history by Kevin Carvell and photographs by Wayne Gudmundson.
  • Total Book Design (of three), Midwest Book Awards: The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc, with history by Kevin Carvell and photographs by Wayne Gudmundson; cover and interior design by Deb Tanner
Sydney Olstad and Suzzanne at IPPYS

Sydney Olstad (at left)–a graduate of NDSU and one of the publishing students (now working as a copywriter in New York!) who worked on the book team for Derby Girl: A Memoir and NDSU Press Editor in Chief Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, bringing home the Gold and Bronze from the Independent Publisher  Book Awards Gala (IPPY), May 28, 2018, at The Copacabana, NYC.  Joining in the fun were cover designer Jamie Hohnadel Trosen, author Sammi Jones, and Hayley Burdett, contract manager and former publishing student now working in New Jersey with literary agents and “the Big Five” publishing houses. Photo by Jamie Hohnadel Trosen.

 

 

Amy & Steve to take part in AUTHOR FEST

We are pleased to announce that Amy Phillips and Steven Bolduc, authors of The Prairie Post Office, are invited participants for the AUTHOR FEST, hosted by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery. If you can be in the Park Rapids, MN, area June 16, 11 – 3, do stop in to join in the fun!

The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota is a 2018 Bronze Award winner for the Independent Publisher Awards and a Finalist in the 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards. In addition to Amy and Steve, Kevin Carvell contributed the history section and Wayne Gudmundson contributed the photographs to this award-winning study.

For the address and details, visit https://beagleandwolf.com/events.html

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