Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Family ties put to the test in new novel from Pella author

Who Cares About You? by Lee Joanne Collins of Pella, Iowa, is the latest novel published by the Write Place. Set in Bettington, Wisconsin, Collins’s book explores the effects a reported case of child neglect has on the small community. […]

The heart of the farm: Iowa poet publishes tribute to the beauty of the barn

Many years ago, Iowa poet Caroline Faidley put pen to paper and wrote a tribute to early twentieth-century farm life in Iowa. More specifically, Faidley, who turned 92 in July, wrote a poem that captured the liveliness and magic of the place she has always considered to be the very heart of the farm: the barn. This winter, her poem has grown into Hayropes & Hinges, the latest children’s book published by the Write Place. […]

Book Contest winner celebrates book release in holiday style

On December 3, amidst the twinkling Christmas trees at Thistles Flower Shop in downtown Pella, the Write Place’s 2016 Book Contest winner Jean De Vries signed copies of her novel, Bestow On Us Your Grace. The entire Write Place team was on hand to help celebrate the release of the book, our seventy-sixth title. […]

Globe-trotting retrievers return for African safari adventure in new children’s book

Last year, author and illustrator Victoria Peterson Laird introduced readers to golden retriever brothers Lincoln and Nicholas in Retrieving Adventures! Lincoln and Nicholas Go to Alaska. This holiday season, Peterson Laird brings the furry duo back to the page in a sequel that tackles a new adventure: an African safari. […]

2016 Book Contest winner to host book signing

Book Contest Winner Jean De Vries will take part in a book signing in Pella on December 3.
Local author Jean De Vries will be signing copies of her first novel, Bestow On Us Your Grace, at Thistles Flower Shop in Pella on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! The event will celebrate the holiday release of De Vries’s book, winner of the Write Place 2016 Book Contest. […]


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