Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Mother-and-son team publishes new children’s book

Twenty-three years ago, Pella author Karen Fitzsimmons and her son, Cory, wrote Don’t Look Back—the tale of a little boy who overcomes his fear of walking to school alone. Cory, eight years old at the time, got out his markers and created illustrations complete with dinosaurs, bats, and giant robots… […]

Twin sisters publish heartwarming memoir about family, travel, and faith

Our Story: Living Under God’s Umbrella of Care by Erma and Elva Vos of Pella is the latest memoir published by the Write Place. In warm and inviting tones, the Vos sisters describe everything from their birth in August 1935 on a farm near Sully, Iowa, to their whirlwind travels in their retirement years. […]

Beloved Orange City veterinarian publishes contest-winning memoir

A.J. Neumann and Renae Vander Schaaf
Get Up, Get Going: Tales of a Country Veterinarian by Dr. A.J. Neumann, D.V.M., and Renae B. Vander Schaaf is a treasure almost 93 years in the making. The captivating memoir—and winner of the 2018 Write Place Book Contest—chronicles the life of “Doc” Neumann… […]

Pella author opens the door to understanding for families with mentally ill children

Author Bev Roozeboom of Pella is celebrating the release of A Day in the Life—a powerful book that takes an in-depth look into the lives of families whose children have chronic mental health disorders. […]

Mother and son honor St. Jude’s in new holiday children’s book

Author Shannon Basinger-Kotz and her eleven-year-old son and illustrator Vinny M.R. Kotz have a gift for weaving holiday magic. Last Christmas, they published their first book, The Little Lost Nutcracker. This year, they are celebrating… […]


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