Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Fishermen live longer: Iowa author publishes book on beloved sport

“If you truly love the sport of fishing, you are no longer the one doing the catching,” said author and lifelong fisherman Ben Chiodo. “The fish have bagged you.” In his book Fishing: More Than a Passion—published this fall by the Write Place—Chiodo […]

Coming home: Greenfield native to celebrate launch of new essay collection

On September 29, author Gary Porter will host a book launch at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa, to celebrate the release of his book, Town Kid: Reflections of a Midwestern Boyhood. The event will start with a reading at 1:00 p.m.; a reception lasting until 3:00 p.m. will follow. […]

Join the Write Place for a two-in-one event at Pella Library

Carol Van Klompenburg, author and retired Write Place owner, and Sarah Purdy, our book editor and publishing consultant, will be featured presenters for an event at the Pella Public Library Meeting Room on September 11 at 7 p.m. […]

Rooting for the under-horse: New children’s book celebrates hope and courage

Fortunate: The Fabulous, Fantastic Filly, written by Debbie Brady Shellady and illustrated by Victoria Peterson Laird, is the latest children’s book published by the Write Place. It tells the true story of Fortunate, a foal that is born three weeks before she is expected. […]

Pella author illuminates the inner and outer worlds of gardening

Carol Van Klompenburg, author and retired Write Place owner, started her first flower garden 25 years ago. “When I announced my plans to plant flowers in front of our house, my husband was skeptical,” she recalled. “I had tried a vegetable garden years earlier, and it did not go well. But I found I loved flower gardening—I loved producing something of beauty.” […]




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