Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Serás tú mi amigo?: Pella author publishes bilingual children’s book celebrating friendship

In her latest children’s book—Will You Be My Friend?/Serás tú mi amigo?—Pella author Karen Fitzsimmons has a simple message: While it feels good to have a friend, it feels great to be a friend. “I wanted to get across to young readers what being a true friend is all about,” she said. […]

Fishermen live longer: Iowa author publishes book on beloved sport

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“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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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.” […]