April 4, 2024

NDSU Press to host ninth annual book launch


 The NDSU Press will launch seven of its most recent book releases during the ninth annual NDSU Press Party, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, located at 1241 University Drive N., Fargo. 

The event is free and open to the public. Authors will each read briefly from their books, and they will be available for autographs and further discussion.  

“We’ve had an astonishingly busy season for book production, and we are ready to sit back and celebrate the official launch of our seven newest titles. Twelve of our Certificate in Publishing students will assist with the party, learning how public readings are conducted, handling sales, tending to our event guests and taking part in publicity and marketing,” said Suzzanne Kelley, editor in chief.  

Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres are available at 1:40 p.m., live music from Cat Sank Trio begins at 1:45 p.m. and authors begin presentations at 2 p.m. The cash bar host will offer a designer (nonalcoholic) beverage called the Show Turkey Splash, in honor of one of the new titles, The All-American Turkey Show, by Gordon Iseminger. (Guests may opt to add spirits from the cash bar, turning the drink into a Wild Turkey Splash!) All book sales on site will be discounted at 25%. 

NDSU Press invites all readers and writers of the plains and prairies to join in the celebration of literary and scholarly publications.  

The seven celebrated books are: 

  • “The All-American Turkey Show: When Grand Forks, North Dakota, Was the Turkey Capital of the World, 1924–1942,” by Gordon L. Iseminger 
  • “The Fifteenth Commandment,” by Steve Sieberson 
  • “Forgotten Frequencies,” Poetry of the Plains & Prairies Award, Vol. 8, by Brendan Stermer 
  • “Gratitude with Dogs under Stars: New and Collected Poems,” by Debra Marquart 
  • “In Order That Justice May Be Done: The Legal Struggle of the Turtle Mountain Band of Pembina Chippewa, 1795–1905,” by John M. Shaw 
  • “Lynched: Mob Murders on the Northern Great Plains, 1882–1931,” by Doreen Chaky and Adrienne Stepanek  
  • “Seasoned,” by David R. Solheim 

The NDSU Press, established in 1950, operates under the North Dakota Institute for Regional studies, located at NDSU. The press’s dual mission is to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary scholarship, poetry and literary works throughout the Red River Valley, North Dakota, the plains of North America and comparable regions of other continents, and to provide experiential learning for the next generation of publishers. 

NDSU Press publishes trade books, textbooks, reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, monographs, poetry and fiction. 

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