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July 27, 2023: Bus to Belcourt: Celebration of Denise Lajimodiere’s appointment as North Dakota Poet Laureate

March 4, 2023: Tricia Velure and Tom Sandhei, Reading from Dust Yourself Off: The Gravel Road to a Good Life. Tricia and Tom’s book is the true story of a farm woman in 1940s/50s North Dakota who recovered from a series of shocks and tragedies–and the surprising ways in which she did that. “This project began because I wanted my kids and grandkids to know their grandmother,” said the book’s co-author Tom Sandhei of his mother, Muriel. “She was a remarkable woman.” After Sandhei took the story as far as he could on his own, he teamed up with Tricia Velure, a personal historian and writer from the neighboring town. “Tom and I unknowingly grew up on farms less than 20 minutes from each other in North Dakota, 30 years apart,” said Velure. “Decades later, we met in the Twin Cities, where we lived 10 minutes apart. We were meant to meet and write this story together!” Tricia and Tom will be reading from and talking about their writing of Dust Yourself Off in Fort Ransom is on Friday, March 4, 2023.






March 3, 2023: Morning-After Fill Up. Free and open to the public, our Morning-After Fill Up features authors Matt Ehlman and Antonia Gonzales at the Plains Art Museum. Bright and early, 7:00 a.m., we’ll have coffee and light refreshments and an interview with Antonia Gonzales, host and producer of National Native News. Matt and Antonia will conduct an interview based on the model of The Morning Fill Up, a monthly event with open dialogues and exchanges of ideas that takes place in the historic building, The Garage, a restored and repurposed co-working space in Rapid City, SD. Antonia is one of the past guests of The Morning Fill Up, and she and Matt are contributors to NDSU Press’s 2023 anthology publication, Rethinking Rural: Reflections on Today, Insights for the Future, which is Volume 1 of our new Rethinking Rural Series. 



March 2, 2023: 8th Annual NDSU Press Party. Free and open to the public, this event celebrates the books and authors of our most recent publications. Details about the six books and the many authors taking part can be found here and by emailing Arrive as early as 6:40 p.m. to enjoy music, hot & cold hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Author readings begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2023; 7-9 p.m., Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Dr., Fargo, ND 58102. Updates, notes, and photographs may be found at our  NDSU Press Facebook event page.


October 1, 2022: Paul Legler, author of Half the Terrible Things, will take part in the Deep Valley Book Festival in Mankato, MN. This free-admission-free-parking event is an opportunity to meet authors and win prizes. The first 100 adult attendees will receive free festival tote bags. Author visits will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., followed at 3:30 by this year’s featured author, Curtis Sittenfeld. Be sure to say hi to Paul!

August 24, 2022: Author of Stringing Rosaries and His Feathers Were Chains, Denise Lajimodiere will be reading and signing Stringing Rosaries and her new children’s book with Minnesota Historical Society Press, Josie Dances. The event is August 24 and runs from 5 to 7 pm at Main Street Books in Minot, ND.

July 7, 2022: The National Association of Memoir Writers invited NDSU Press author Jill Kandel to be their July guest speaker! Jill will be talking about The Clean Daughter (NDSU Press, April 2022). If you want to join, sign up for the Zoom Link at by Thursday July 7 at 6:00 Central Time. Many thanks to Linda Joy Myers.


June 25, 2022: The Midwest Independent Publishers Association will be awarding the Midwest Book Awards at

ModernWell in Minneapolis. There will be a ticketed reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


The award ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube at 7 pm. Of our 2021 publications Wayne Gudmundson’s A Song for Liv, Don Weinell’s A Field Guid to Custer’s Camps, Bonnie Larson Staiger’s In Plains Sight, Mark Vinz’s The Trouble with Daydreams, and Prakash Mathew’s We Are Called . . . To Do the Right Thing are all finalists for awards.


April 30, 2022: Independent Book Sellers Day will be celebrated locally at Zanbroz Variety at 420 Broadway N in Fargo. NDSU Press authors Jill Kandel, Denise Lajimodiere, and W. Scott Olsen will be signing books.


April 23, 2022: NDSU Press will be selling books at World Book at Broadway Square in Fargo. NDSU Press authors Prakash Mathew, W. Scott Olsen, and translator John K. Cox will be reading from their works. The event begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Denise Lajimodiere reading from His Feathers Were Chains at the 2021 World Book Day. Hoping for better weather this year.


September 26, 2021: Bonnie Larson Staiger, author of recently published poetry collection, In Plains Sight, will be doing a poetry reading in Bismarck, North Dakota at the Capital Gallery on Sunday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. The event is free and will include a book signing.


September 16, 2021: Wayne Gudmundson, author and photographer of A Song for Liv, will be doing a book reading and photography showing at Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo, North Dakota on Thursday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in film photography, a sense of place, and Icelandic settlement in North Dakota and Minnesota, is encouraged to attend. Admission is free, and face masks are required.

September 10, 2021 – October 11, 2021: Wayne Gudmundson’s new exhibition, White Earth Window / What Place is This? will be on display in the main and east galleries at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota. The public opening is Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition features photographs from the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota and silver gelatin prints of historic battlefields in the American southwest with companying writing from Dieter Berninger. NDSU Press recently published Gudmundson’s newest photography collection, A Song for Liv, which traces his family’s Icelandic heritage through image and verse.

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September 12, 2021: Exciting news! Our newest authors, Debra Marquart and Mark Vinz, are part of a trilogy of terrific writers–including Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Erdrich–from the northern plains. Hosted by Humanities North Dakota, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. CDT, this free, online event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these three fabulous writers together. Register here: SEPT 12 Sense of Place | HumanitiesND.




September 11, 2021: Mark Vinz and Debra Marquart will be debuting their new books The Trouble with Daydreams and The Night We Landed on the Moon, respectively, with a book reading and signing at Zandbroz Variety in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday, September 11 at 2 p.m. Masks are required during the event. 


August 17, 2021: Poet Carol Kaupaun Ratchenski interviews our poet Rev. Jamie Parsley on Prairie Public’s “Main Street, today at 3:00 p.m. Here is a link to the recording of that session, in which Jamie talks about researching and writing Fargo, 1957: An Elegy, his long-ago poetry/photography book that we brought back into print this summer.

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August 7, 2021: Author Don Weinell will be signing books at Zandbroz Variety, downtown Fargo, from 1-3:00 p.m. Come by and chat him up! He’s ready to share stories and tips about hiking, biking, and driving the route as described in his Field Guide to Custer’s Camps: On the March to the Little Bighorn. With color maps and photos, this book is an easy-to-use guide to understanding the route followed by George Armstrong Custer and his troops as they marched to their most famous battle. Maps, driving directions, and brief descriptions of each campsite allow the most casual travelers, the more serious hikers, bikers, historians, and history buffs to better appreciate the challenges faced by US soldiers serving on the northern plains in 1876.


June 25, 2021: Paul Legler is having a book signing at the Zandbroz Bookstore in Fargo, ND from 1-4 p.m. CST for his novel, Half the Terrible Things.

June 24, 2021: The Ferguson Bookstore in Bismarck, ND is holding a book signing for Paul Legler’s novel, Half the Terrible Things. This event will take place from 4-7 p.m. CST.  To RSVP to the event, click here (RSVP is not necessary to attend the event.)

June 23, 2021: A book reading and signing event for Half the Terrible Things by  Paul Legler will take place at the Dakota Store in Jamestown, ND. This event will take place from 2-4 p.m. CST.

June 21, 2021: Paul Legler, author of Half the Terrible Things, will be having a book signing at the Millstream Arts Festival, in St. Joseph, MN from 5-9 p.m. CST. To find out more about the Millstream Arts Festival, click here.

June 20, 2021: In commemoration of the 1957 F5 tornado anniversary, the city of Fargo will be hosting the Fargo Tornado Anniversary Activation from  from 5-9 p.m. CST at Broadway Square in downtown Fargo. The NDSU Press is reprinting the 2010 collection piece Fargo, 1957: An Elegy, by Jamie Parsley. Parsley, a survivor of the tornado, will be reading from Fargo, 1957: An Elegy as one of the signature presentations of this event. To find more details about the involvement of the NDSU Press and Parsley with the Fargo Tornado Anniversary Activation, click here. POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. NEW DATE TBA.

March 28, 2021: NDSU Press author Brenda Marshal will be reading from her title Dakota, or What’s a Heaven For (NDSU Press 2010) for a North Dakota Humanities – One Book, One ND event at 4 p.m. CST. You can find information and register for the event here

March 17, 2021: This is the last day to submit poetry for our Poetry of the Plains and Prairies (POPP) Award. Submission deadline is Midnight CST. You can find more information about the award and how to submit here.

March 24, 2021: Debra Marquart, author of forthcoming The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays between Exile & Belonging (NDSU Press 2021), will be hosted by Humanities North Dakota for Marquart’s virtual event Publishing Matters: Going from “Idea” to “Book” starting at 4 p.m. CST. You can find more information and register for the event here

March 10, 2021: NDSU Press author Paul Legler will be hosted in a virtual event by the North Dakota Dem-NPL Book Club for a reading and discussion of his most recent title Half the Terrible Things (NDSU Press 2020). The event starts at 7 p.m. CST, and you can find a link to their Facebook event page here

March 4, 2021: Please join us for our 6th Annual NDSU Press Party on March 4th at 7 p.m. CST. Like all our events, our virtual 6th Annual NDSU Press Party features the authors of our most recent publications. Attendees will be treated to poetry and literary fiction, a quick lesson in book cover design, and prizes. But, sadly, there will be no cake.

Attendees are eligible for random prizes and 25% discount on ALL book purchases with a secret code shared at the meeting.

Our event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for the event here, and to keep track of news and announcements visit our Facebook event page

This event is supported in part by the generous donors to the NDSU Press Fund.

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February 28, 2021: Debra Marquart, author of forthcoming The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays between Exile & Belonging (NDSU Press 2021), will be reading for the North Dakota Humanities: One Book, One ND event at 4 p.m. Central. Marquart is reading from her book The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere (Counterpoint, 2006). The link to sign up for the event and find more information is here

February 10, 2021: Tune in at 7 p.m. Central Time for our newest book launch: Hiking All Night, poetry by Timothy Murphy and preface by David Mason.

Family and friends will read from the late Timothy Murphy’s newest collection of poetry. Family from across the United States—including Tim’s mom—will read poems from Hiking All Night. Tim’s friends Aaron Poochigian, Howard Dahl, and Steve Syrdal will read, too.

You can register for our program here, and you can find more details about the event here. Our book launch event is, as always, free and open to the public. Hiking All Night can be purchased here.


December 13, 2020: Humanities North Dakota is hosting our author, Terry Shoptaugh, and his Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota for the next One Book, One ND event. December 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Here’s your link to free tickets.


December 13, 2020: “The Traditions and Legacy of Jewish Homesteaders,” a presentation by Rebecca E. Bender for the Homestead National Monument of America Winter Festival at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Rebecca is the co-author of Still (NDSU Press, 2019). Find program details here.


December 12, 2020: Tune in at 2:00 p.m. Central Time for our newest book launch, featuring our 2020 Poetry of the Plains & Prairies Award-winner, A Muddy Kind of Love, by Carolyn A. Dahl. A direct link to register for the program can by found here, and more details can be found here. Our book launch event is, as always, free and open to the public. A Muddy Kind of Love can be purchased here.


November 19, 2020: NDSU Press and Zandbroz Variety are pleased to co-host the book launch for Paul Legler’s Half the Terrible Things. This event is free and open to the public and . . . online. 🙂 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Follow our Zoom link here:


March 25, 2020: The Fargo Public Library will be hosting author Terry Shoptaugh for a reading of his newest title Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota. The event starts at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public at the downtown Main Library, 102 3rd St N, Fargo, ND.

You can find the Facebook page event here:

March 5, 2020: We are excited to announce our 70th anniversary and 5th Annual NDSU Press Party, Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Dr., Fargo, ND 58102. Do please join us for this event free and open to the public with refreshments and cash bar. Live music will be provided by Cat Sank Trio. There will be door prizes and 25% discount for on-site book purchases to celebrate our 70th anniversary. The following authors will be reading from their titles:

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

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NDSU Press is proud to say: This project is supported in part by 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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February 23, 2020: The State Historical Society of North Dakota, 612 East Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND, will be hosting author Terry Shoptaugh for their Sensational Sundays event on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm. The event will include reading and discussion of Shoptaugh’s most recent book Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota. Event is free and open to the public.

January 19, 2020: The State Historical Society of North Dakota, 612 East Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND, will be hosting a free lecture by authors K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc based off their book The Prairie Post Office. The presentation will include a brief history of mail delivery in Dakota Territory and highlight the critical roles of post offices in contemporary rural North Dakota communities. This event is part of the SHSND Sensational Sundays events and starts at 2 pm.

November 22, 2019: Zandbroz Variety, 420 N. Broadway, Fargo, in downtown Fargo will be hosting an author event with Terry Shoptaugh reading and discussing his newest book Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22. The event is free and open to the public.

November 21, 2019: The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 21 Presents: Dr. Terry Shoptaugh (MSU Prof Emeritus) “Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota” at 7 pm, Friday, November 22, at the Barnes County Museum. All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum, 315 Central Ave N, Valley City, ND 58072, and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public.

September 12, 2019: The Fargo Public Library will host author Denise Lajimodiere for a reading from Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors.


September 10, 2019: The St. Louis Park Historical Society will host a reading by Rebecca Bender, author of Still, at the Society’s Annual Meeting. As there are so many St. Louis Park and Twin Cities connections in Still, the event is a perfect fit! The reading, Q&A, and book signing will begin at :30 p.m. in the St. Louis Park Rec Center Gallery Room, 3700 Monterrey Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Dessert will be provided. The Historical Annual Meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Still is a nonfiction biography/memoir written by longtime St. Louis Park residents Rebecca Bender and her father Kenneth Bender.  It is a history of five generations, a family we meet first as they flee Odessa and last as they make their way as American Jews … and as Dakota farmers, as students and storekeepers, as soldiers and lawyers, and even as a teen in an international competition who stands face-to-face with Netanyahu.  Still was recently named the Winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award (Judaism category). 


September 10, 2019: Bonnie Larson Staiger, Associate Poet Laureate and author of Destiny Manifested, will read from her debut publication at Ferguson Books, co-hosted by Shop Downtown Bismarck. The reading runs from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more details, follow this link.

September 7, 2019: NDSU Press Editor in Chief Suzzanne Kelley will be pitching in at the South Central Steamthresher Association’s annual event. Stop by and see what’s happening at The Braddock News Letterpress


August 29, 2019: Join Native America Calling Book of the Month author Dawn Quigley in her live interview with host Tara Gatewood. Follow this link to Listen Now, on Thursday, August 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT. (When you get to the link, scroll down the page to find the “Listen Now” icon.)

To participate, call 1-800-996-2848 or 1-800-99-NATIV. We know for a fact that Tara will be giving away TEN COPIES of Apple in the Middle during the show!

June 10, 2019: Denise K. Lajimodiere will be having an Author Event / Book Launch at Zandbroz Variety (421 Broadway, Fargo ND) at 6:30 pm. Dr. Lajimodiere will be reading from her newest title Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors

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June 14, 2019: Rebecca Bender has been invited to read at the Eureka Senior Center for their Flag Day celebration at 7 pm. There will be a book discussion, signing, and refreshments will be served.

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June 9, 2019: Rebecca Bender will be at the Wild Rose Cafe in Ashley, ND, at 2 p.m. for a reading from her recently published book Still. There will be a reading, followed by time for questions and book signing.  Light refreshments in the form of coffee, lemonade, and bars will be available.

June 6, 2019: Rebecca Bender has been invited by the Minnesota Historical Society to do a reading from Still at the Fort Snelling Visitor Center on June 6th, 2019, at 7 P.M., the 75th anniversary of D Day. Below is the description of the planned event provided by the author:

“Rebecca Bender co-wrote Still with her late dad, Silver Star and double Purple Heart recipient, Major Kenneth M. Bender, who trained as a private at Fort Snelling, beginning in November of 1940.  The book follows 5 generations of the Bender family, a Jewish family that fled Russia in 1905 and became North Dakota homesteading farmers, despite having never been allowed to own land in Russia and never even having ridden a horse. Rebecca’s June 6th reading from Still, (which was just released by North Dakota State University Press), will honor all the soldiers who fought in World War II, by focusing on her family’s 3rd generation in the United States.  She will read her dad’s detailed recollections of training as a private at Fort Snelling, (after being the first volunteer from McPherson County, South Dakota), Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, training with the Second Infantry Division at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort McCoy, WI and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, training in Ireland and Wales, being the Captain of Company B, 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Regiment, for the Normandy Invasion, (including during the infamous Battle for Hill 192) and his reflections after the war.

June 3, 2019: Minnesota Book Launch, sponsored by Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, will host a reading at 7 p.m. by Rebecca Bender. There will be a book reading and questions, followed by a signing. Refreshments will be served. It will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, 55416

June 1, 2019: The Barnes and Nobles in Calhoun Village, Minneapolis, MN, will be hosting Rebecca Bender from 1-3 p.m. for a Meet the Author and Book Signing event.

May 28, 2019: A reading and book signing by Rebecca Bender will take place at Adath Jeshurun Library at 7 pm. It is co- sponsored by Adath Jeshurun and Sharei Chesed synagogues. The library is located at 10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305.

May 11-12, 2019: The Loft’s Wordplay, presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, is coming this May featuring Stephen KingMitch AlbomAmy TanDave BarryBill McKibbenTommy OrangeJared Diamond, and our very own Dawn Quigley! There will also be a Friday night author concert with the Rock Bottom Remainders at First Avenue. We hope you can make it out to support our local authors and literary scene, as well as take in some great literature.

April 8, 2019: You’ll find Thomas Isern pacing around at the Sons of Norway come April 8th! The Kringen Lesering will meet to talk about Pacing Dakota. You can find details on the Sons of Norway calendar.

April 8, 2019: At the Douglas County Library in Alexandria, MN, you will find author of Sister Secrets Matthew Valan doing a reading and signing. The event is from 6-7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

April 5, 2019: Thomas Isern will be the keynote speaker at the Ashley, ND annual banquet put on by the Ashley Chamber of Commerce. He will be speaking on the topic, “Heritage as Resource: Making the Most of Our German-Russian History.” Remarks on heritage sites in McIntosh County and a vision for grassroots heritage tourism in German-Russian Country. Some references to Pacing Dakota, and a look ahead a work in progress – Discovering German-Russian Country.

March 12, 2019: Rebecca will be in Aberdeen, SD as a guest of South Dakota Germans from Russian Cultural Center, invited by Robert Russell, librarian of Williams Library on Northern State University. She will give a presentation and answer questions afterwards.

March 11, 2019: In Pierre, SD, Rebecca Bender will be a guest speaker of South Dakota Historical Society Foundation with Lisa Bondy, the foundation’s Administrative Director. Rebecca plans a historical context explanation of Still and will read for attendees. 

March 7, 2019: Rebecca Bender, author of Still, spoke on Prairie Public Radio about her book and what it means to her. You will also find a bit in this segment from Tom Isern, author of Pacing Dakota, as well.


August 25, 2018: Amy Phillips and Steven Bolduc, our Prairie Post Office friends, will be headed out west to Medora where the fine folks at Western Edge Bookstore is hosting them in a reading. According the their website, “The Western Edge Books store is the west’s best bookstore about all things western.  We specialize in natural history, human history and lore of the west.   We are one of the few bookstores left where someone can recommend a great book on anything western (because we’ve actually read the books!).  We are also a front for a people smuggling operation called the Amble Inn, a two-story luxuriously rustic hotel right out back of the bookstore.


August 10, 2018:Join Prairie Public and Tom Isern for a Riverboat Evening Cruise, hosted by Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Prairie Public, and NDSU Press.

Join Prairie Public and Tom Isern for an evening cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat and a reading from Tom’s new book, Pacing Dakota.

Dessert Reception
Cash Bar
$35 per person.

Proceeds benefit Prairie Public.

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August 3, 2018: Tom Isern will be talking (and singing, as he does) about Pacing Dakota at Ferguson Books & More in Grand Forks. Stop in and see what’s up: 5-7 p.m., 1720 S. Washington St., Grand Forks, ND

August 2, 2018: In the morning hours, Tom Isern will be the guest roast, er, um . . . guest! . . . on the Mike McFeely radio show. Then, at 6:30 in the evening, his Pacing Dakota book launch debut will take place at Zandbroz Variety, Fargo, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Expect some stories, some songs, and some really great Q&A. (This guy is good on his feet.)

August 1, 2018: Catch Tom Isern at 3:00 p.m. on Main Street, Prairie Public’s afternoon radio program featuring all the news that’s good news in North Dakota. Host Doug Hamilton always throws intriguing questions to his guests, AND he reads the books before going on air.


June 16, 2018: 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! For event details and address, visit

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.


Matt Valan, author of Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal, will be signing autographs at the Melberg’s Christian Book table during break-out sessions of the 2018 Synod Assembly, June 2-3, 8:00 a.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Holiday Inn, Fargo.

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December 7, 2017: Amy Phillips and Steve Bolduc, co-authors of The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, will take part in the Writer Wonderland event at Zandbroz Variety, Fargo, 5 – 8 p.m.


November 3, 2017: Bret Weber to speak about The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape at the Western History Association Conference in San Diego.

Friday, November 3, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., Dr. Bret Weber will take part in the WHA Conference session, “Leisure and Living in Wide Open Western Suburban Spaces.” His presentation is called “A Tourist Guide to the Bakken Oil Patch.” He will be talking about our newest publication, released October 19. Copies of The Bakken will be on display in the Exhibitor’s Hall.

November 3, 2017: The Prairie Post Office Book Reading and Signing, Hague Cafe, hosted by the Emmons County Record, 3:00 p.m.

Some of North Dakota’s rural communities have lost, or on are on the verge of losing, their post offices. Why is this happening, and why have rural North Dakotans been fighting to save them? This presentation will respond to these questions while providing photos of rural post offices and the local residents who speak eloquently to the varied roles that post offices play in their communities. The public is invited to a book talk and signing with authors Steven Bolduc and Amy Phillips, Friday, November 3, at the Hague Cafe. The Hague Post Office is one of the featured sites in The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota.

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October 22, 2017: Ellendale Festival of Books, 1-4 pm, Ellendale Opera House, Ellendale, ND

Be sure to attend this first Ellendale Book Festival at the Ellendale Opera House, 1-4 p.m. Among guests will be Drs. William Caraher and Bret Weber, authors of The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape; Gwen Hoberg, one of the authors of The Walk Across North Dakota; Dr. Tom Isern, author of the new introduction for William C. Sherman‘s Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota; and Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, editor in chief at North Dakota State University Press. Kelley will take on duties of emcee. The featured speaker is Alicia Underlee Nelson, author of Beer in North Dakota.

October 14, 2017: “Morning Mingle,”Twin Cities Book Festival, Minnesota Fairgrounds, 10-11:00 a.m.

Sammi Jones, author of Derby Girl: A Memoir, will join other Minnesota authors–including Senator Al Franken and Heid Erdrich–who published books in the past year and are invited to participate in the Morning Mingle. It is an honor to see Sammi’s name (and NDSU Press as her publisher) included with authors from a stellar list of presses such as Michigan State University Press, W.W. Norton & Co., Harper Perenniel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, University of Minnesota Press, and more. More details about the Morning Mingle can be found here.

October 11, 2017: Midwest Independent Publishing Association Meeting, 7 pm, Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN

Meeting of the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, featuring guest speaker Nayt Rundquist, managing editor for New Rivers Press. Hosted by Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, MIPA president. For details, check out MIPA’s Facebook page.

October 9, 2017: Guest speaker for the PEO Association, 1:00 p.m., private location.

Dr. Suzzanne Kelley will present a brief history of NDSU Press and an overview of our most recent activities to the PEO local chapter. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

October 5, 2017: 52nd Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, various sessions throughout the day, Grand Forks, ND  Conference website

Authors William Caraher and Bret Weber (The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape) will take part in a 2:00 p.m. session called “Boom Goes the Bakken.”

Editor in Chief, Suzzanne Kelley, will take part in a 2:00 p.m. session called “Great Plains History in Fiction and Nonfiction.”

September 17, 2017: Sensational Sundays: The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota, 2-3:30 p.m., North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck, ND

Join us for a talk and book signing by Amy Phillips, Steve Bolduc, Wayne Gudmundson, and Kevin Carvell on The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota. Some rural communities in North Dakota have lost, or are on the verge of losing their post offices. Why is this happening, and why have rural North Dakotans been fighting to save their post offices? This Sensational Sunday presentation will respond to these questions while providing photos of rural post offices and the local residents who speak eloquently to the varied roles that post offices play in their communities.