March 29, 2017

Candace Simar

Candace Simar is an award-winning poet and writer from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, who carries a passion for Minnesota history.

Candace’s historical fiction Abercrombie Trail Series (North Star Press), recounts the story of Scandinavian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising.  The series includes Abercrombie Trail (2009), Pomme de Terre (2010), Birdie (2011) and Blooming Prairie (2012).

Birdie received the prestigious honor of a Spur Award literary prize awarded by the spur 1Western Writers of America and Blooming Prairie was a Spur award finalist in same category in 2013. The series is currently being released in large print and hardcover by Five Star Cengage.

“Simar’s descriptions of the natural world are beautiful.  Her characters are drawn with subtlety and depth.  There are unforgettable death scenes and tender weddings.  This is a story of the bonds of family and friendship, of perseverance and love.  These are rare books, powerful and true.” Nancy Plain, award winning author and Spur award judge.

Simar spent eight years researching and writing her four novels set during the time of the Civil War and the 1862 Sioux Uprising. She conducted much of her research at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and smaller regional museums where she read diaries, newspapers, letters and army reports.  “Regional history is one of my favorite things. All my life I’ve daydreamed how it might have been to live through the earliest days of Minnesota and the surrounding states, wondered how historical events impacted ordinary people’s lives, and imagined characters and stories.”

While the history is real, she borrows freely from her own family history to create fictional characters.  Born the granddaughter of Scandinavian immigrants, Candace nurtures a passion to document the difficulties of early Minnesota settlers in a realistic manner.  “It wasn’t easy for them,” she says.  “People suffered without adequate medical care or social support systems.  I try to show those things in my books without sugar coating the facts.”  She recommends her novels to readers of all ages.  “Historical fiction is a painless way to learn history.”

Her latest release, Farm Girls (RiverPlace Press 2013), was co-written with her sister Angela F. Foster. “If you learned to swear in Norwegian or shared a two-holer outhouse with your cousin, you’ll enjoy the poetry and prose of these sisters.  From memories of Norwegian ancestors and growing up on a dairy farm to dreams of Oprah’s couch and rapping with Eminem, Farm Girls will take you back to the days of rural schools, moon light, star light, hope to see a ghost tonight and the auction of the family farm.”

Candace is a Five Wings Arts Council Roster Artist, has spoken to over 350 groups including  libraries across the region, book clubs, historical societies, Sons of Norway groups, a Danish Sisterhood group, church groups, women’s groups. She was the keynote speaker at Central Lakes College Writing Conference 2010. Her target audience is someone with Minnesota roots, of Scandinavian heritage or Lutheran background, or someone interested in the Civil War, the Sioux Uprising, or Scandinavian immigration.  In a typical presentation, Candace shares poetry based on her family history and reads from one of her novels. She also speaks about her research and writing process concerning Scandinavian immigration, the Civil War, the 1862 Sioux Uprising, and the grasshopper plagues of the 1870.

For further information on Candace, you may visit www.candacesimar.com.

Candace is available for book talks, book-signings, book clubs, key-note speaking, school presentations and writing workshops. Click Here to invite Candace to your group, library or school!   She would love to visit you!

 

Abercrombie Trail     Pomme de Terre    Birdie

 

Farm Girls Cover smaller

 

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Candace Simar upcoming Events:

  •  Thursday 4/10/14  Book Club Plymouth
  • Saturday 4/26/14  West Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock MN  Luncheon
  • Tuesday 4/29/14  Immanuel Lutheran Church  1pm Bellevue, NE
  • Saturday 5/3/14  Mounds Midway School of Nursing Reunion Luncheon
  • Saturday 5/10/14  Daughters of the American Revolution Brainerd  10a
  • Thursday 5/15/14  Fergus Falls Library 6pm
  • Saturday 5/17/14  Whalan Stand-Still Parade
  • Sunday 5/18/14  Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts   11-12:30  Westby WI
  • Thursday 5/22/14  North Eastern MN Book Award Event  Duluth
  • June 24-28  Western Writers of America Convention, Sacramento
  • Friday 7/11/14  Milaca  Sons of Norway picnic
  • Thursday 7/17/14 Windom Sons of Norway
  • Saturday and Sunday  8/2-8/3/14  Fort Abercrombie event
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9/5-9/7 Dalton Threshing Bee
  • Saturday 9/20/14  Apple Valley Galaxie Library 11am
  • October 1-4  Minot Hostfest
  • 1/16/15  AAUW Marco, Florida

Recent Appearances

  • 3/13/14  Common Ground Interview  7p  Lakeland  TV  ch22
  • 3/13/14  Sisters Book Club Backus
  • 2/28/14  Belgrade Library 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • 2/10/14  Crow Wing County Jail Literacy Program
  • 2/8/14  Featured poet/Poetry on the Wall  Franklin Arts Center
  • 1/6/14  Bay Lake Book Club
  • 12/14/13  Cherry Street Books
  • 12/7/13  Nordic Galleri  Fergus Falls
  • Nov 30-Dec 6 Writing retreat Annunciation Monastery
  • 11/29/13  Turtle Town Books  Nisswa
  • 11/20/13 Willmar Book World
  • 11/19/13 Graceville Library
  • 11/19/13 Ortonville Library
  • 11/18/13  Morris Sons of Norway
  • 11/18/13  Morris with Linda Hodgeson at Stevens County Museum
  • 11/18/13  Morris Kiwanis 
  • 10/26/13Brainerd Writer’s Alliance workshop Presenter
  • 10/22/13  Pillager High School
  • October 1-5  Minot Hostfest
  •  9/28/13  Genealogy Conference Moorhead MN
  • 9/17/13  St. Cloud Area Genealogists
  • 9/14/13  Granite Falls Sons of Norway
  •  9/6 & 9/7  Dalton Threshing Bee
  •  9/1/13  Sister Wolf Books Dorset
  •  8/20/13 and 8/27/13 workshop at Crossing Arts in Brainerd
  • 8/17/13 Hackensack Art Fair and Book Festival
  • 8/15/13  Grand Rapids Sons of Norway 
  • 8/3/13  Willmar Library Roundtable 
  • 7/20/13  Pequot Lakes Library  FARM GIRLS reading
  • 7/11/13  7 Lag Stevne  St. Cloud
  • 6/26/13-6/29/13  Western Writers of America Convention Las Vegas  Spur Award Finalist
  • 6/21/13  WELCA  Convention Redwood Falls
  •  6/20/13 Vestlandslag Stevne  Fergus Falls
  • June 9-16  Writing Retreat  Benedictine Monastery Bismarck, ND
  •  6/8/13  Pierz Library
  •  5/21/13  Eden Prairie Book Club   Sharon Arends contact person
  • 5/18/13  Whalan, Minnesota Stand-Still Parade
  • 5/16/13  Speaking of Books  Prairie Bay
  •  5/15/13 Browns Valley Library
  • 5/15/13  Wheaton Library
  • 5/7/13 Women’s Expo presentation St. Gabriel’s Hospital  Little Falls
  • 5/6/13  Little Falls radio interview 
  • 5/1/13  Writing Workshop  Gonvick 
  • 5/1/13  Gonvick Life Long Learning
  • 4/30 13  Edgewood Vista Fargo  Mother Daughter Tea
  • 4/29/13  Brainerd Book Club
  • 4/26/13  Alexandria Radio Theater  Farm Girls reading with Angela Foster 
  • 4/26/13  Cherry Street Books Alexandria
  •  4/25/13 Staples Library 
  • 4/23/13  Pine College Farm Girl Reading with Angela Foster 
  • 4/20/13  Writer’s Boot Camp  Crossing Arts Center  Brainerd
  • 4/17/13  Hillman Sr. Group  
  • 4/13/13  Spotlight on Books Grand Rapids
  •  4/11/13  North Brainerd Book Club
  •  4/8/13  Howard Lake Public Library 6pm
  • 3/28/13  Eagle Bend Library
  • 3/11/13  Brainerd Senior Center  Farm Girls reading with Angela Foster
  • 3/11/13  Edgewood Vista Brainerd  Book Club
  •  3/8/13  Pine City Arts Center  Farm Girls reading with Angela Foster
  •  3/3/13  St. Paul Public Library
  • 3/1/13  Breath of Life Adult Day Care reading
  •  3/1/13  St. Francis School  Brainerd
  •  2/18/13  Alexandria Study Club
  •  2/14/13  TV interview Brainerd city station
  •  2/9/13  Bookworld Baxter  Farm Girls book signing with Angela Foster
  •  2/6/13  Subtext Book Store St. Paul
  •  2/5/13  3C’s Book Club  Maple Plain
  •  1/30/13 Pillager High School AP English
  •  1/26/13  Poetry on the Wall –FARM GIRL launch party
  •  1/24/13  Crow Wing County Jail Book Clubs
  • 1/23/13 3wi radio interview
  •  1/22/13  Forestview Middle School Baxter 
  • 1/18/13  Edgewood Vista Fargo 
  • 1/18/13  Barnes & Noble Fargo
  •  1/17/13 Moorhead, MN Library
  •  1/12/13  Crossing Arts Brainerd.   Writing Workshop co-presented with Angela Foster
  •  1/9/13  Granite City Book Club Stearns County Historical Society St. Cloud
  • 12/18/12  Lutheran Church of the Cross Book Club
  • 12/17/12  Baxter Book Club
  • 12/12/12  Eagle View Elementary School 
  • 12/9/12  Bookworld Baxter
  • 12/4/12  Pillager High School 10th graders
  •  11/16/12  Brainerd Sons of Norway
  •  11/12/12  South Long Lake Book Club
  •  11/10/12  Brainerd Senior Center Craft Fair and Christmas Bazaar
  • 11/2/12  Alexandria Radio Theater reading from LAKE REGION REVIEW short story, JULEBUKKING
  • 10/27/12  Brainerd Writers Alliance Workshop 
  • 10/25/12  DNR book club
  •  10/20/12  Barnes & Noble  St. Cloud
  •  10/17/12  Pine River Book Club 
  • 10/12/12 Memo Conference   St. Cloud, MN 
  • 10/10/12  Stearns County Historical Society  St. Cloud
  •  10/6/12  Lake Region Writers presentation  Fergus Falls, M State
  •  10/3/12 Breezy Point Women’s Club
  • 9/26-9/30 Minot Hostfest 
  • 9/22/12 Grant County Historical Museum, Elbow Lake
  •  9/22/12  Pioneer Nursing Home Fergus Falls
  •  9/18/12  The Crossing Arts Alliance Gift Shop  Brainerd   Featured Artist
  •  9/15/12  Jack Pine Writer’s Workshop am and Talking Stick Party  Menagha
  •  9/7-9/9/12 Dalton Threshing Bee
  •  9/4/12 Sons of Norway Glenwood
  •  9/2/12 Sister Wolf Books Dorset
  •  9/1/12 Fort Abercrombie, North Dakota
  • 8/28/12  Writing in the Garden Workshop Baxter
  • 8/25/12 New Ulm  Brown County Historical Society
  •  8/24/12 Sven and Ole Books, New Ulm
  •  8/23/12 Old Time Antiques   Mankato
  •  8/21/12 Walker Book Club 
  • 8/20/12  Evergreen Up North, Crosby MN 
  • 8/18/12 Hackensack Arts Fair and Book Festival
  •  8/14/12  BLOOMING PRAIRIE LAUNCH Prairie Bay, Baxter
  •  8/10/12   interview with Lon Schmidt 3Wi   1270 AM radio
  •  8/1/12-8/4/12 Tronderlag Stevne  Fargo
  • 6/22/12 -6/23/12 Nordic  Festival  Moorhead
  • 6/16/12 WWA Spur Award  Presentation -BIRDIE
  • 6/14/12-6/16/12 Western Writers of America Convention  Albuquerque, NM
  • 6/10/12 Beagle Books/Y Steak House  Park Rapids  Sunday Classics
  • 6/8/12  The Crossing Art Center  Reading with Lake Region Review Contributors
  • 5/25/12 Dylan Days Contest Award and Reading 
  • 5/7/12 Fergus Falls Sons of Norway
  • 5/5/12 Akeley First Lutheran Church 
  • 4/25/12 Clearwater Library
  • 4/24/12 Crow Wing County Historical Society Annual Meeting
  • 4/23/12 wwwi radio interview  
  • 4/14/12 Grant County Historical Society Annual Meeting  Elbow Lake
  • 2/7/12-4/10/12 Crow Wing County Jail Weekly Literacy Program
  • 3/22/12 Common Ground  Bemidji Public TV  
  • 3/24/12 Bloomington Arts Center  Writers’ Festival and Book Fair
  • 3/16/12 Sons of Norway, Brainerd
  • 3/13/12 Long Prairie Library
  • 3/10/12 Glenwood Estates Assisted Living
  • 3/10/12 Glenwood Library
  • 3/6/12 Interview for the Mary Hanson Show on TPT
  • 2/22/12 Brainerd Senior Citizens Center
  • 2/8/12 Wadena/Staples/Long Prairie  AEC Program 
  • 2/1/12 Runestone Museum  Alexandria
  • 1/14/12 Hutchinson Sons of Norway  
  • 12/17/11 Reading for Lake Region Review  Otter Tail County Historical Society  Fergus Falls
  • 12/9/11 Book World Baxter
  • 12/9/11 St. Francis School Brainerd
  • 12/1/11 interview Radiothon
  • 11/26/11 Turtle Town Books  Nisswa  
  • 11/19/11 Danish Sisterhood    Brainerd
  • 11/14/11 Forestview Middle School  Baxter
  • 10/27/11 New Ulm Library
  • 10/27/11 Hanska,MN Library
  • 10/26/11 Sleepy Eye MN Library
  • 10/25/11 Springfield, MN Library
  • 10/25/11 Springfield, MN Library
  • 10/22/11 Evansville Care Center
  • 10/22/11 Evansville Art Center  Book Club
  • 10/20/11 Alexandria Library
  • 10/20/11 Glenwood Estates Assisted Living
  • 10/18/11 Lutheran Church of the Cross Book Club  Nisswa
  • 10/16/11 Underwood Unitarian Church
  • 10/13/11 Pine River Book Club  Shirley Hovey
  • 9/28/11 Hostfest, Minot, ND
  • 9/27/11 Artsage, Edgewood Vista, Fargo ND
  • 9/27/11 Sandford Health Fargo Gift Shop
  • 9/23/11 Midwest Booksellers Association Mpls.
  • 9/20/11 St. Cloud Community Ed Book Club
  • 9/19/11 Book Club Prairie Bay  Gail Brecht contact person
  • 9/17/11 Talking Stick Release Party  Park Rapids
  • 9/14/11 Nisswa Reads Book Club
  • 9/9/11 Dalton Threshing Bee
  • 8/25/11 Eagle Bend Senior Center
  • 8/20/11 Hackensack Art Festival and Book Fair
  • 8/19/11 Beagle Book Signing  Park Rapids
  • 8/7/11 Sister Wolf Book Signing Dorset
  • 8/5/11 Elbow Lake Museum Flekkefest
  • 7/30/11 Pequot Lakes Library
  • 7/14/11 North Brainerd Book Club
  • 7/7/11 ABC Book Club Baxter
  • 6/26/11 Zandbroz Book Signing Fargo
  • 6/21/11 Western Writers of America Convention
  • 6/17/11 Bookin It signing Little Falls
  • 6/15/11 Staples Senior Center
  • 6/13/11 Baxter Book Club
  • 6/9/11 Schaefer’s Market
  • 5/24/11 Outing Book Club
  • 5/18/11 Hawley Library
  • 5/17/11  Barnesville Library
  • 5/16/11 Breckinridge Library
  • 5/11/11 Cherry Street Books Alexandria
  • 5/10/11 Milan Library
  • 5/9/11 Upsala Library and School
  • 5/7/11 Book Launch Bar Harbor
  • 5/6/11 3Wi  radio interview
  • 5/4/11 DNR Book Club
  • 5/3/11 Ada Library
  • 5/3/11 Twin Valley Library
  • 5/2/11 Moorhead Library
  • 4/23/11 Graceville Library
  • 4/12/11 Hutchinson Library
  • 4/9/11 Spotlight on Books Grand Rapids
  • 3/22/11 Long Prairie Historical Society
  • 3/9/11 Eagleview Elementary grades 3&4
  • 1/12/11 Clearwater Library
  • 1/12/11 Nisswa Book Club
  • 1/6/11 Pequot Women’s Club
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