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'Farm Girls' authors first presenters in Speaking of Books

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Sister authors Candace Simar and Angela Foster will present the first program in the 2013 Speaking of Books series Thursday, May 16, at Prairie Bay Restaurant, Baxter.

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This is the second year for the literary venue featuring regional authors, publishers, book photographers and illustrators. Joe Plut, author and a retired Central Lakes College English and humanities instructor, created and hosts the series.

The 2013 series is scheduled for five programs to be held the third Thursday each month through September. Each monthly program is offered free of charge from 4:30-6 p.m.

Simar and Foster will speak about “The Farm Girls,” a book that documents their formative years growing up on a farm near Wadena. Their story is told through poetry, essays and imagery.

Simar, Pequot Lakes, is a poet as well as a book author with a passion for Minnesota history. She has written a three-book series, “The Abercrombie Trail,” of which “Birdie” earned the 2012 Spur Award. She has given talks at more than 50 libraries across the region, as well as to book clubs, historical societies and other groups.

Foster, Pine City, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston. She teaches writing workshops at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and is a freelance editor. She served as co-editor of “County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets” published by Loon Feather Press (2008).

Foster said “The Farm Girls” is about “more than our early years on the farm. It provides insight into the complexities of our family and our individual lives.”

Each program in the series includes complimentary light hors d’oeuvres from the kitchen of Matt Annand at Prairie Bay and time for the presenters to answer questions and sign books.

Guests also receive a $5 discount toward dinner at Prairie Bay that evening.

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