Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Oskaloosa author’s poetry collection comes from the heart

In her latest book, Oskaloosa, Iowa, resident Jean Saxton channels her decades of reflection on life, nature, art and more into expressive poetry. Three Deep Breaths is her second book published with the Write Place and is available at area shops, Painted Daisies in Oskaloosa and Beacon Antiques in Beacon. Jean Saxton has always loved […]

Memoir confronts multiple sclerosis boldly and directly

Mindfully Unraveling: Body Awareness as I Slip Away testifies to author Rhonda Patzia’s efforts at body awareness. The book explores Patzia’s kinship with women as she reconnects with her vocation as a photographer after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Published by the Write Place in Pella, Iowa, this memoir is a collection of journal […]

Former machine gunner’s memoir offers unique perspective on Vietnam War

Equal parts harrowing and contemplative, Fred Krebsbach’s recently published memoir of his experiences in the Vietnam War offers a unique perspective on that terrible chapter of history. Now living outside of Rochester, Minnesota, Krebsbach is retired from IBM, and was involved in construction, real estate and farming. He currently farms with his brother Corky and […]

Life-long antiquer turns her talents to writing

In her new book, The Savvy Sojourner, Oskaloosa, Iowa, resident Jean Saxton shares expertise gained from 13 years as a shop owner, 33 years as an antiques dealer and many more as an avid antiquing enthusiast. The book is available at area shops, Painted Daisies in Oskaloosa and Beacon Antiques in Beacon. Published by the […]

Novel explores the story of Dutch settlers on the Iowa plains

When author Renae B. Vander Schaaf learned about the unique history behind the founding of Orange City by settlers from Pella, she knew she had to share it with young people. Her book, A Place of Refuge, is a historical novel for young adults that follows thirteen-year-old Elsje Van Der Zuiden as she faces the possibility […]


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