April 19, 2018

Blue Cottage Agency welcomes Carissa Andrews to our team

Blue Cottage Agency is proud to welcome writer and social media expert Carissa Andrews to our team. Carissa is a freelance writer, graphic designer, social media expert, and YA author living in Crosslake, Minnesota. When she’s not writing, you’ll typically find her playing with her kids, inventing online courses, or buried in books for her own pleasure. Having started her career at Little Professor Bookseller in Brainerd, MN, Carissa’s passion for the written word translated even as a teenager. … [Read more...]

Listen to a book on your next road trip

Long car trips require entertainment. I returned yesterday from a trip to South Dakota and yes, Storm Bella was involved, but I survived any highly probable winter storm accidents. Though the road took me to Sioux Falls and back, my brain took me to Tolga Township in Candace Simar's new book SHELTERBELTS. Yes, as Candace Simar's agent and publicist I of course have read Shelterbelts (North Star Press) throughout the publishing and editing process but listening to Jim Norwood, the talented … [Read more...]

Class series will help writers get published, market themselves

BRAINERD DAILY DISPATCH September 2015 --Central Minnesota is stepping up its game when it comes to the literary arts. Former poet laureates have visited the area, literary events abound and literary arts groups are popping up one after another. To bolster the community's writers, the Five Wings Arts Council and the Crossing Arts Alliance have teamed up to offer a series of four classes to the public to help authors market themselves and find their path to being published. The classes will … [Read more...]

Class Series for Writers at the Brainerd Public Library

Class Series for Writers FIND THE BUZZ and KEEP IT GOING Getting your dream on paper and out to the world Presented by the Crossing Arts Alliance All classes held at The Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. 5th Street Brainerd, MN 56401 Class Fee:  $20 per class (Crossing Arts Alliance Members) JOIN HERE $25 per class (non-members) Download FLYER Here:  Class Series Flyer  Download REGISTRATION Here: REGISTRATION FORM Class Series For more information call The Crossing Arts … [Read more...]

JD March US 2015 Book Tour

Announcing The Author JD March U.S. Book Tour dates and venues June 24 - July 11, 2015 Event: June 24-June 28 Western Writers of America Convention, Lubbock, Texas   June 29, Santa Fe Public Library, Southside Branch Presentation, Southside Branch 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe New Mexico 6:30 p.m. to 7;30 p.m. June 30, Tuesday:  BookWorks combined with New Mexico Library and University of New Mexico Speaking Presentation Time: 7:00 p.m.,  4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New … [Read more...]

Nancy Plain on Charlotte’s Web, her writing and the birds of John James Audubon

Some Pig!” These many decades later, I can still hear the emphasis in my mother’s voice as she read aloud these words from E. B. White’s masterpiece, Charlotte’s Web. This is the book that I “hero worship.” For who can forget this rich tale of life on Zuckerman’s farm, where the spider, Charlotte A. Cavatica, miraculously saves the life of Wilbur the pig? It is a tale about everything else, too—the beauty of nature and its changing seasons, the innocence of childhood, the magic of friendship, … [Read more...]

Candace Simar releases fifth novel, SHELTERBELTS

Award Winning author Candace Simar, celebrates the release of Shelterbelts, her fifth historical novel, at The Franklin Arts Center on Saturday, May 16, from 1pm to 3:30 pm. There will be a short reading at 2pm. The reception is free and open to the public.  Shelterbelts is set in a tightly-knit Scandinavian farming community in Minnesota at the close of WW2.  Tia Fiskum, the old maid of Tolga Township, struggles to control the family farm after her shell-shocked brother returns from the … [Read more...]

Tucson Festival of Books 2015

TUCSON FESTIVAL of BOOKS,  March 2015, Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona.   Krista Rolfzen Soukup was a featured presenter along with best-selling author David Henry Sterry and Lisa Dietlin, a national recognized strategist and author, presented ‘The Inside Scoop From Book Marketing Pros’. The session provided marketing strategy direction in a crowded marketplace.  Krista also presented the workshop ‘The Author as Speaker’, presenting techniques and insight for authors wanting to build … [Read more...]

Poetry on the Wall 2015 Winners Announced

DONNA SALLI WINS POETRY ON THE WALL 2015  The Crossing Arts Alliance  “Poetry on the Wall 2015”  event was celebrated with a reception, poetry reading and announcement of the winners at  the Franklin Arts Center on February 21. The event featured an exhibit of 52 poems with regional poets reading their selected work.     Donna Salli, Brainerd, was awarded first place for her poem “Flames”.   Second place went to a poem by Laura Hansen, Little Falls, entitled “Munitions”. … [Read more...]

Poetry on the Wall 2015

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host Poetry on the Wall 2015 Reading and Reception featuring the poetry of twenty-one selected regional poets and a presentation by award-winning author Norita Dittberner-Jax, Saturday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Art Center Auditorium, 1001 Kingwood Street Brainerd. Selected poems will be read and a people’s choice and top three poems will be awarded. The event is free and open to the public. An exhibit of the poetry will be on display in … [Read more...]


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