BOND’s Book Author programs on Tuesday evening through early Wednesday afternoon, August 25 and 26, 2015, were successful in every way. Attendance was high: 98 contributors at various levels on Tuesday evening: 155 participants at Wednesday’s program and lunch. More than $11,000 were raised in total to benefit BOND scholarships, approximately $3,000 of that as proceeds from our ad book alone.
The schedule provided unhurried opportunities for members and friends to socialize, enjoy delicious meals, and, most importantly, to hear and interact with four local and nationally respected authors.
What more could we have possibly wanted?
Nettie Nabedrick, Book Author Chair, Marlene Goldberg, Authors Committee, and Lori Sturdevant, Author of Her Honor
Although not planned as such, all of BOND’s featured writers this year focused on times in history and the related movements in which their main characters played key roles.
Tuesday evening’s featured speaker Lori Sturdevant, for 30 years the Star Tribune’s political columnist, is also an award-winning author whose books have focused on the lives and contributions of Minnesota leaders. She discussed two of her latest books, primarily Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, published in March 2014, on the life and accomplishments of Minnesota’s former Attorney General. Sturdevant covered the many ways in which Wahl’s career played a significant role in the development of the women’s movement. “Visible leaders and role models like Rosalie Wahl are important,” she concluded “but what really makes change is grass-roots leadership.” Most recently, Sturdevant has co-authored Citizen Swain: Tales of a Minnesota Life with state and civic activist Tom H. Swain, soon to be released by the University of Minnesota Press.
Seated: Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank,Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats and Larry Millett, author of Strongwood: A Crime Dossier. Standing: BOND Book Author Committee members Gerry Feldman, Marlene Goldberg, Sheri Steinman, Sharon Levine and Nettie Nabedrick