After celebrating the photography of David Parker in our December issue, word came to us that another local artist is utilizing his charming portrait of the iconic Stonebridge school in a book, The Magic that was Stonebridge, by longtime local elementary teacher and retired administrator, Bernie Anderson.
From her secluded studio in Marine on St. Croix, Wendy Fernstrum creates intimate, cerebral meditations on language, love and identity. Her paintings, prints and artist books have been exhibited locally at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Walker Art Center, as well as at libraries across the country.
For the past 16 years, book lovers from across the Midwest have made their way to Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais for a long weekend of reading, discussion and scenery. The annual Books in the Woods event, co-sponsored by Stillwater’s Valley Bookseller, includes facilitated discussions, guided nature activities and author talks. This year’s featured authors are Nicole Helget and Allen Eskens, who will give presentations followed by book signings.
Ah, the new year, when everyone’s thoughts turn to new beginnings, life changes and optimism for the future. Instead of sharing a book about resolutions such as diets and healthy cooking, I’m recommending something different: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Many people know Gilbert from her best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love.