1. Dead Man’s Rapids, book signing at Zenith Bookstore, Duluth

    November 13, 2017

    William and Barbara Durbin Sign their new novel, Dead Man’s Rapids

    Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m.

    Zenith Bookstore, Duluth 

    Minnesota authors William Durbin and Barbara Durbin will be at Zenith Bookstore for a reading and signing of their new book, Dead Man’s Rapids.

    When 13-year-old Ben Ward left school to work with his Pa in a logging camp, a winter of peeling potatoes wasn’t the adventure he had in mind. Taking up where Blackwater Ben left off, Dead Man’s Rapids returns to Minnesota’s north woods in the late nineteenth century, and with warmth, humor, and attention to historical detail engages readers young and old.

    “The Durbins have a knack for realistically depicting life on a rugged frontier and the many dangers of driving millions of board feet of logs down rivers to sawmills, an annual event in 19th- and early-20th-century America. Fans of Gary Paulsen will enjoy immersing themselves in a grand adventure. Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “The authors give just enough information about logging, including illegal clear cuts, to bring history to life without getting bogged down in details. Adventure stories are always appealing to kids, especially boys, but this account of life on a logging cook boat will interest adults, too.” —Pioneer Press

  2. Northern Lights Teacher Workshop, History Center

    November 2, 2017

    Northern Lights Academy, Teacher Workshops
    Minnesota History Center

    Monday, November 6th

    I’ll be speaking on
    Techniques and Sources for
    Writing Historical Fiction

    To sign up contact the MN History Center

    Join us for our annual Northern Lights Academy! This conference-style workshop features sessions from content experts and Northern Lights teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions related to the Northern Lights curriculum and network with 100+ Northern Lights educators from around the state. Print and Interactive eBook users will find this workshop equally beneficial.

    Sessions will focus on content and resources in the revised second edition of Northern Lights, published in summer 2013.

The Broken Blade Wintering The Journal of Sean Sullivan The Journal of Otto Peltonen The Journal of C.J. Jackson Song of Sampo Lake Blackwater Ben The Darkest Evening El Lector The Winter War