Press Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 https://beagleandwolf.com/events.html.

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.

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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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SAVE THE DATE! Our 3RD ANNUAL NDSU PRESS PARTY takes place Thursday, MARCH 1, 2018, 7-9 PM at the Alumni Center. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PressParty3 Back cr

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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.

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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.     http://www.peointernational.org/

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.