Local Author Day at SubText Books is back! Join us February 26th to celebrate the many wonderful writers who call the great state of Minnesota home. Mark your calendars!
2:00pm-2:30pm: Linda Morganstein, Girls in Ice Houses (fiction) and Numinosity: My Life and other Times (performance memoir)
2:35-3:05pm: Candace Black, Whereabouts (poetry)
3:10-3:40pm: Gordon C. Stewart, Be Still!: Depature from Collective Madness
3:45pm-4:20pm: Clare Hexom, The Truth about Mallory Bain (fiction)
4:30pm-5:00pm: Roxane Battle, Pockets of Joy (nonfiction)
5:05pm-5:35pm: Kevin Kuhn, Do You Realize? (fiction)
Linda Morganstein is an overeducated writer who happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. She currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her understanding spouse Melanie. In addition to writing, Linda is avid golfer and sourdough bread-baker. In short, she has a phobia for boredom. Her novel, Girls in Ice Houses is a thoughtful yet humorous exploration of complex family dynamics, and the nature of art and creativity.
Candace Black grew up in southern California, often on U. S. Marine Corps bases. As
a graduate student at the University of Montana, she studied with Richard Hugo and
Madeline DeFrees. Her previous books of poetry include "The Volunteer" (New Rivers Press, 2003) and the chapbook "Casa Marina" (RopeWalk Press, 2010). Awards for her work include the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, the Poets on Parnassus Poetry Prize, a McKnight Individual Fellowship, and a and a Loft-McKnight Award for Poetry. She lives in south-central Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Gordon C. Stewart's Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness echoes the call of the Navajo sage and the psalmist who invited their hearers to stop--''If we keep going this way, we're going to get where we're going''--and be still--''Be still, and know. . . .'' Like pictures in a photo album taken from a unique lens, these essays zoom in on singular moments of time where the world is making headlines, drawing attention to the sin of exceptionalism in its national, racial, religious, cultural, and species manifestations. Informed by Japanese Christian theologian Kosuke Koyama, Elie Wiesel, Wendell Berry, and others, the author invites the reader to slow down, be still, and depart from ''collective madness'' before the Navajo sage is right.
Clare Hexom is an American novelist, native of Ohio, who has lived in Minnesota since her youth. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing and Minor in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The Truth About Mallory Bain is her debut psychological thriller. Clare lives in Minnesota with her family and is currently working on her next novel.
Roxane Battle is a journalist, media personality and award-winning author. Her memoir, Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy: Choosing to Be Free, now in its second printing, and the Pockets of Joy Journal, both published in 2015 became best sellers, hitting #1 and #2 at the same time in their category on Amazon. Pockets of Joy, endorsed by New York Times best selling author Tavis Smiley, is also the winner of the 2015 Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s Book of the Year award in the family/parenting category.
Kevin Kuhn lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife Melinda, three children, and two fierce schnoodles. He is a technology executive who enjoys sipping cheap bourbon, avoiding yard work, and living vicariously through his children's sports. While Kevin has no musical skill whatsoever, he appreciates a broad spectrum of artists from Pink Floyd to Prince and Radiohead to the Rolling Stones. His golf game is horrific with flashes of mediocrity.