Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

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. […]

Overcoming the impossible: Family, faith, and love triumph in 2016 Book Contest Winner

Winner of the 2016 Write Place Book Contest, Bestow On Us Your Grace by Jean De Vries of Pella, Iowa, is the latest novel published by the Write Place. Told through the eyes of a very unlikely couple, an 18-year-old expectant mother and her Amish neighbor, Bestow On Us Your Grace is a heartwarming story about family, faith, and love. […]

Jolly holiday fun: Twelve dancing horses celebrate Christmas in new book by Iowa City author

The Horse That Ate Christmas, 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 Zsir, a dancing horse, who gets into trouble on Christmas Eve when he eats all of the treats in his stablemates’ stockings […]

Class is in session: Humorous new memoir explores the changing world of education in the 1970s

A Teacher’s Tale, the latest memoir published by the Write Place, has arrived just in time for the new school year. Written by Bob Hammann, a retired public school administrator, this book chronicles Bob’s life during his first teaching assignment Lewiston, Idaho. Hammann’s humorous stories from his early days as a junior high math teacher provide a fun and inspiring glimpse into the world of education in the 1970s […]

Iowa author transports readers into Depression-era Ozarks in new novel

The House on Cadron Creek by Sheryl L. Carter is the latest novel published by the Write Place. Set in the hills, valleys, and mountains of the Ozarks during the Depression, Carter’s novel tells the story Virgie and Dan McDonald. When Dan’s job is eliminated, the McDonalds move deep into the mountains in pursuit of logging work. Married less than two years and expecting their first child, the couple is thrust into a strange backwoods world for which Virgie is totally unprepared […]