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Reckless in Minnesota

Posted byAlison Aten on 28 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Authors, Event, Fiction, MHS Author in the News, MHS press

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book coverN. M. Kelby, author of the short story collection, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, will be in the Twin Cities later this week to share her work at Common Good Books, Grand Hand Gallery, Birchbark Books, and The Bookcase in Wayzata. The Star Tribune explains why “it’s fun to have N. M. Kelby’s voice banging around your head.”

Sweet Land airs on TPT Wed. 9/23

Posted byAlison Aten on 22 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Arts, Authors, Fiction, MHS Author in the News

Sweet LandTwin Cities Public Television will air the feature film Sweet Land, based on the short story by Will Weaver  on Wednesday September 23rd at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 2. Cathy Wurzer interviewed director Ali Selim and writer Will Weaver on Almanac last Friday.

Kristina at Carnegie Hall

Posted byAlison Aten on 21 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Arts, Fiction

KristinaTwo former members of the Swedish band, ABBA, are bringing their musical  Kristina, based on the character in Vilhem Moberg’s novels to Carnegie Hall this week. NPR interviewed Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus about the English adaptation of Kristina. Broadway World also has an article on the production.

Considered one of Sweden’s greatest 20th-century writers, Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies for early Swedish pioneers in America. For a glimpse into the life of the real-life woman behind Moberg’s character, Kristina, read “I Go to America”: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson by Joy K. Lintelman.

Okra Picks Announced

Posted byAlison Aten on 20 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Authors, Awards, Fiction, MHS press

Okrah PicksWe’re thrilled that the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) has chosen N. M. Kelby’s  A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts as an Okra Pick this fall! Okra Picks are titles chosen by Southern indie stores that they want to handsell–the selections include both non-fiction and fiction in various genres.

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts is a collection of stories rootedA Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book cover in the Midwest and cultivated in the Deep South, for those of us who suddenly find ourselves tourists in our own lives. N. M. lived in the Twin Cities for several years before moving to Sarasota, Florida. We’re delighted to be working with her on a book tour and look forward seeing her back in the Twin Cities in October for a few readings and signings.

N. M. Kelby on Lori & Julia (FM 107)

Posted byAlison Aten on 17 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Authors, Fiction, MHS Author in the News, MHS press

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book coverTomorrow, Friday Sept. 18th at 4:30 p.m. on FM 107 in the Twin Cities, N. M. Kelby, author of A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts will be a guest on the popular radio show,  Lori & Julia. N. M. is a former broadcast journalist in the area who has since written several widely acclaimed novels and now an intimate and heartwarming collection of short stories. To quote Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler:

“N. M. Kelby has long been one of my favorite writers, and her new story collection, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, is the sweet, pure, hilarious, sneakily profound essence of her. We ache and we laugh: this is the experience of living in the 21st century.”

The Utne Reader Great Writing blog recently began a lively discussion on the future of the short story collection in print and online. To quote N. M. Kelby, “short stories are the new black because they are the perfect read for the digital age!”

Writing: Paper Optional

Posted byAlison Aten on 09 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Authors, Fiction, MHS press

N. M. KelbyN. M. Kelby was recently posed a few questions about the writing life from SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association). Our favorite responses:

Q: Why do you write?
A: Asking a writer why they write is like asking a dog why they breathe . . . they don’t understand the question, but they’re still hoping you’ll toss them a bone.

Q: When do you write?
A: I write when I am sleeping, lying, eating, flirting, praying and pulling weeds. Living life is writing. It’s paper optional.

N. M. is the author of A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts out this month from Borealis Books. She is also the author of The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art & Business of Fiction. She is working on  the movie Whale Season with Dwight Yoakam!

Meet N.M Kelby, Author of A Travel Guide to Reckless Hearts

Posted byadmin on 24 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Book Excerpt, Fiction, MHS press

Get to know N.M. Kelby, author of the new book A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, as she reads from one of her new stories and answers illuminating questions about the art of writing.

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A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts in Stores Soon!

Posted byMary Poggione on 14 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Authors, Book Excerpt, Fiction, MHS press

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book coverMHS Press/Borealis Books is pleased to present a new collection of short stories from acclaimed novelist N. M. Kelby, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts. As we speak, it is on its way from our warehouse to bookstores across the country.

N. M. Kelby lives in Florida, but spent a great deal of time here in Minnesota. Many of the stories in this collection reflect upon being from the Midwest, leaving the Midwest, wanting to return to the Midwest, and just plain looking for home. The stories are funny, touching, and true. For a taste, read an excerpt from the new story  The Last Rites.

N. M. Kelby is the author of In the Company of Angels, Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, Theater of Stars, and Whale Season, which is now being made into a feature film! She also has a new non-fiction book this fall as well–The Constant Art of Being a Writer.

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