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NDSU Press to host third annual book launch

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The NDSU Press will launch six of its most recent books during the third annual NDSU Press Party, scheduled for Thursday, March 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 University Drive N.

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

“I’m glad to close the book, so to speak, on another great season of publishing. Even before this party begins though, I have scheduled six more peer-reviewed manuscripts into the publishing queue,” said Suzzanne Kelley, NDSU Press editor-in-chief and assistant professor of practice. “Ten of my Practicum in Publishing students will assist with the celebration, learning how public readings are conducted and taking part in publicity and marketing. The author presentations will be bookended by live music from singer and songwriter Amanda Standalone.”

Last year’s event attracted about 90 attendees, and Kelley hopes to surpass that number this year. “There is plenty of room for readers and writers of the plains and prairies to join us in this celebration. And, there will be cake,” she said.

The six celebrated books include:

• “The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape” by William R. Caraher and Bret A. Weber. The book takes the reader on a unique journey to a frontier landscape forged by industry.

• “Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949” by David W. Mills. Readers will find themselves immersed in the blinding snow, innovative rescues and daring aerial operations during the blizzards of 1949.

• “The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota,” by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc; photographs by Wayne Gudmundson; and history by Kevin Carvell. The authors explore the role of post offices in North Dakota, including the closure of 76 locations across the state.

• “Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal,” by Matthew Valan. The book examines farm family dynamics and mental illness.

• “Songs of Horses and Lovers,” poetry by Madelyne Camrud. The book captures the storytelling spirit and emotions of the women and men of the expansive Dakota Prairie.

• “Thunderbird,” by Denise Lajimodiere. The book looks at the historical, cultural, medicinal and spiritual qualities of the birch tree. The author incorporates her renowned birch bark biting art.

The NDSU Press operates under the North Dakota Institute for Regional studies, located at NDSU. Its mission is to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary scholarship throughout the Red River Valley, North Dakota, the plains of North America and comparable regions of other continents.

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

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