Two Authors and Countless Fun

I love Winter Walk but then, duh, that makes me part of a large club. This year, as every year for the last ten, I plan to stroll through a candlelit downtown, find great gifts at Division Street stores, maybe hop on sleigh ride, certainly listen to carolers, and, of course, poke my head into River City Books. I want to spend more time in RCB’s revamped bargain basement and also check out two author events hosted especially for Winter Walkers:

country-x-masGordon Fredrickson, 6 p.m. — Fredrickson, author of A Farm Country Christmas Eve, will perform, read from and sign copies of his book. The story begins on a small dairy farm, on Christmas Eve of 1950, as three children, hoping Santa will visit their house, go to the barn to help with the evening milking. While ten-year old Jimmy, who doubts Santa’s existence, guides Maggie, nine, and Joey, five, through feeding calves and teaching a newborn calf how to drink from a pail, Santa accidentally leaves behind a surprise that transforms Jimmy into a permanent believer.

gilbertJim Gilbert, 6:30 p.m. — Gilbert, author of Jim Gilbert’s Minnesota Nature Notes, will sign copies of “Minnesota Nature Notes” at 6:30 p.m. For more than 30 years Gilbert has been observing the changing Minnesota seasons with the accuracy of a trained biologist and the attention of a poet, while also keeping in touch with events in remote corners of the state through friendships developed during his WCCO Radio show. In this book, Gilbert shares the fruits of his experience in a series of essays and remarks focused on each passing week of the year. Topics include animal tracking in the snow, apple-blossom time, tapping maple trees and more. With dozens of color photographs and suggestions for family activities, “Minnesota Nature Notes” is a must-have for diehard Minnesotans.

Both books are on sale at River City Books for 15 percent off through Dec. 4. Both events are free and open to the public. If you want a signed copy but can’t stop by Thursday night, contact the store in advance for arrangements.

See you Thursday night!

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