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Barb Geiger and Jim Landwehr

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Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Barb Geiger for her new memoir, “Paddle for a Purpose.” Jim Landwehr will read and discuss his Boundary Waters memoir, “Dirty Shirt.” Book signing to follow!

About “Paddle for a Purpose”
”Paddle for a Purpose” sweeps the reader into a journey of faith and personal discovery down one of the most scenic and powerful river systems in America, as Barb and Gene Geiger paddle from the Mississippi Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico in a tandem kayak they built themselves. Their motto soon becomes, “It’s not about the paddle; it’s about the people,” as they stop to work with charity organizations in quaint river towns along the way, meeting caring and generous “river angels” around seemingly every turn. Set to a backdrop of picturesque settings and the river’s changing moods, exciting and often humorous accounts of adventure and mishap intermingle with inspiring stories of healing, renewal, beauty, compassion and trust in God.

About “Dirty Shirt”
Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country's most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long deceased father. In recent years, with a desire to instill their love of the area into their own children, they include them in their voyages, and the legacy continues. Their exploits are woven throughout with humor, emotion, and warmth.

About Barb Geiger:
During her teaching career, Barb Geiger spent every day surrounded by young children and good books. Now retired, her extra time is spent volunteering in the community and pursuing her own dream of writing. Barb has studied with All Writers’ Workplace Workshop since 2011. “Paddle for a Purpose” is her first book. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her husband, Gene, and their chinchilla, Raji.

About Jim Landwehr:
Jim Landwehr enjoys writing creative non-fiction and poetry. He has two book-length nonfiction books, The Portland House: A 70’s Memoir and Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir both published by eLectio Publishing. He also has two published poetry collections, Reciting from Memory and Written Life. His non-fiction has been published in Main Street Rag, Prairie Rose Publications, Boundary Waters Journal, and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Fox Adoption Magazine, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping with his kids in the remote regions of Minnesota. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna, and their two children Sarah and Ben.

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