Friday, May 22nd 7:00pm
The Book Shelf is proud to announce the publication of our first novel, penned by local novelist and playwright Kathleen (Kathy) Peterson. Please join us for this celebration, and be sure to pick up a copy of her first published novel.
About the Book:
After fifteen years away, Joe finds himself back in his home town of Burns Valley, Minnesota helping
his mother, Ida Mae, run The Diner. Divorced, recently sacked, and embarrassed to be slinging hash again, Joe is determined to make his time in Burns Valley as brief and painless as possible. Ida Mae is well aware that Joe isn’t happy to be back, but to keep The Diner going she realized she needed his help or keel over dead. Her customers are the old-time townies who look with derision at the local college. Kandi, Joe’s 14-year-old daughter, is spending the summer with him because she’s not happy about her mother’s recent remarriage.
A mysterious Irish woman arrives in town and opens a small coffeehouse near campus, and the ‘town and gown’ war is on. A series of mysterious fires also helps heat up the Minnesota summer as the ugly side of Burns Valley surfaces. The future of both The Diner and the coffeehouse come to rest in Joe’s hands, and he must decide what’s best for his family, his home town, and himself.
About the Author:
Kathleen Peterson is a published freelance writer and playwright in Winona, MN. She has had short plays presented at Theatre du Mississippi, and her “New Menu” play was among the eight winners in the 2012 Rochester Repertory Theatre’s “Ten-Minute Plays” national competition. She was awarded an individual artist grant from the Southeastern MN Arts Council in 2012 for a staged reading of “The
Ghost of an Idea,” a one-actor play about Charles Dickens. In the fall of 2014 she was commissioned to write a play set in 1920’s Winona, called “The Bootleg Blues.” In May of 2015 she published the novel Summer for the Taking with Book Shelf Editions in Winona. Her writing has appeared in Big River Magazine, Coulee Region Women’s Magazine, Tapestry Magazine, as well as area newspapers. Her day job is Arts Administrator at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.
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