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TS26 book release party!

Hello Everyone,

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Short Shorts workshop with Marge Barrett and our book release party for Talking Stick Volume 26, Fine Lines. Both events were held at Blueberry Pines Golf Club between Menahga and Park Rapids. We had a great day with authors arriving from far and wide. We even had one person from Tennessee.

We started the day with the three hour workshop with Marge. She taught us how to shorten our writing, how to make an emotional impact in very few words. Nouns and verbs are so important. Cut the adjectives and adverbs. A Short Short might end abruptly with a punch. Everyone got to practice writing short pieces during the workshop.

Then, after lunch, the book party began. We announced the winners and honorable mention of each genre and asked them to come up and read. If the winners were not present, either Marge or one of our JWB members read the story or poem. After that, we asked anyone else in the book to come up and read. We spent a lovely afternoon listening to stories and poems. Some were very funny; some were very sad; most touched our hearts deeply.

After the book party, many of us moved into the bar area to sit back and relax and converse. We had a great day full of good conversation, greeting old friends and making new ones. We all agree that the book and the release party are a huge amount of work—but well worth it.

Thanks to all who submitted to our book and all who attended today. Thanks to all who donated to our group. We hope to keep on publishing the Talking Stick books!

Sharon

Author Wins MIPA Book Award & releases his new book!

Announcing the release of Mike’s Lein’s newest book! Down at the Dock!

Down at the dock, Mike Lein

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Norwood Young America author Mike Lein won a Minnesota Independent Publishing Association Book Award for Firewood Happens – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Minnesota’s Northwoods. His book won in the Humor Category.

Firewood Happenswas published by The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc. of Menahga, Minnesota. The Jackpine Writers Bloc was started in 1993 as both a writers’ group and non-profit publisher. Since 1995, they have published a yearly anthology of Minnesota writing titled The Talking Stick.

The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) recognized the winners of the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards on May 12, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. This year’s awards attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories. All books were entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region.

Firewood Happens is a collection of 30 creative non-fiction short stories chronicling life at Lein’s cabin in northern Minnesota. In these stories he collects firewood, catches a few fish, and hangs around with his Labrador retrievers while building his rustic cabin and interacting with friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Firewood Happens is available locally directly from the author or it can also be ordered from most book stores and Amazon.

About MIPA Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the upper Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other. MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information please visit: www.mipa.org.

Firewood Happens is available on Amazon: HERE

Author Wins Midwest Independent Publishing Association Book Award

Norwood Young America author Mike Lein won a Minnesota Independent Publishing Association Book Award for Firewood Happens – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Minnesota’s Northwoods. His book won in the Humor Category.

Firewood Happenswas published by The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc. of Menahga, Minnesota. The Jackpine Writers Bloc was started in 1993 as both a writers’ group and non-profit publisher. Since 1995, they have published a yearly anthology of Minnesota writing titled The Talking Stick.

The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) recognized the winners of the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards on May 12, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. This year’s awards attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories. All books were entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region.

Firewood Happens is a collection of 30 creative non-fiction short stories chronicling life at Lein’s cabin in northern Minnesota. In these stories he collects firewood, catches a few fish, and hangs around with his Labrador retrievers while building his rustic cabin and interacting with friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Firewood Happens is available locally directly from the author or it can also be ordered from most book stores and Amazon.

About MIPA Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the upper Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other. MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information please visit: www.mipa.org.

Firewood Happens is available on Amazon: HERE

Mike Lein Wins Midwest Book Awards

We are so excited to announce that Firewood Happens: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Minnesota’s Northwoods by Mike Lein (published by us here at the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc!) has won the 2016 Midwest Book Awards in the category of Humor!

The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) recognized the winners of the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards at a gala event held May 12 at Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Publishers and authors from several states celebrated quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. This year’s awards attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories. All books were copyrighted in 2016 and entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region.

Mike is known across the north country for many published stories of cabin life with dogs, boats, relatives, friends, and other assorted shady characters. He brings all these together in “Firewood Happens.”

“Congratulations to all the talented authors and publishers who submitted such high quality books to the Midwest Book Awards,” said Midwest Book Awards Chair Sherry Roberts. “It is MIPA’s honor to recognize those who are making a valuable contribution to independent publishing in the Midwest.”

About MIPA
Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the upper Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other. MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information please visit: www. Mipa. org .

Firewood Happens is available on Amazon: HERE

The Talking Stick 25 now available!

Now available on Amazon from the Jackpine Writers’ bloc the new Talking Stick Volume 25!