May 20, 2019

HUNDRED MILES TO NOWHERE by Elisa Korenne Book Launch Celebration

Hundred Miles to Nowhere by Elisa Korenne

Join Elisa Korenne Korentayer for a Reading, Presentation on Publishing, and Author Q&A – with bagels and other NYC-themed refreshments – in honor of the release of her debut memoir, Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story. 

Open house from 10am – 12pm, program from 10:30-11:30,  New York Mills Regional Cultural Center 24 Main Ave North, PO Box 246, New York Mills, Minnesota 56567

This event will be part of the extended excitement of New York Mills’ pre-eminent tourist weekend including the Think Off Philosophy Competition and the Ronald McDonald Ride.

Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story (Memoir, North Star Press, June 2017)  Hundred Miles to Nowhere: explores what happens when a singer-songwriter moves from New York City to rural Minnesota for love, and finds there’s more to life than music. When Elisa Korenne took a month’s break from New York City to be the resident singer-songwriter in middle-of-nowhere Minnesota, she didn’t intend to stay. Then she fell in love with the local outdoorsman/insurance guy. One cross-country romance later, Elisa gave up subways, theater, City Bakery cookies, and her Brooklyn apartment to become the 1,153rd resident of New York Mills, a rural town ninety miles from the nearest metropolitan area, Fargo. She had to resort to moonshine to stay sane. The barista knew her weekend plans before she did. The postmaster set up gigs for her behind her back. Chris expected her to eat roadkill for dinner. And you wouldn’t believe the uproar when the Finnish Lutherans in town learned she was Jewish. Despite a gun-toting Millenialist neighbor and the furnace dying at twenty-six below, Elisa moved to Minnesota and married Chris anyway. Then a tornado threatened to destroy the home she had finally made for herself. Hundred Miles to Nowhere is A Year in Provence for the Prairie Home Companion crowd, or Coop for fans of indie music.

Elisa Korenne, a Yale Graduate and award-winning songwriter known for her original songs about oddballs in history, left New York City in 2006 to be an artist-in-residence in rural west central Minnesota. Since becoming a Minnesotan, Korenne has become known as a pioneering rural artist. Gull Lake TEDx chose Korenne to be a featured speaker at their April 2017 conference. Prairie Public Television in Fargo, North Dakota commissioned her to create songs and appear in a series of ten mini-music documentaries of unusual people and events in the Upper Midwest. Subjects include controversial politico A.C. Townley, health-insurance saleswoman Sister “Lumberjack” Amata Mackett, and Mail Order Bride Rachel Calof. She began her music career in 2001 after leaving her role at the international development nonprofit she cofounded, Geekcorps. An alternate Peacecorps for technology professionals building businesses in developing countries.   Please visit



ABOUT THE BOOK:   Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story

Publisher: North Star Press

ISBN: 978-1-68201-064-8

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 344

Publication Date: June 2017

Official Press Release




This event made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Arts CoucilThis project was funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


  1. looking forward to the event

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