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Award-winning Minnesota author to speak Oct. 29

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Photo caption: Author Sarah Stonich will present "It’s complicated: Writing the places we’re from” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 during the "Thursdays from the U" livestream.

Are you a fan of "Chapter A Day" on Wisconsin Public Radio? If so, you may have heard Jim Fleming read from "Laurentian Divide." It is the second book in Sarah Stonich's "Northern Trilogy" and winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for novel and short story.

Stonich will present "It’s complicated: Writing the places we’re from” Oct. 29 during the "Thursdays from the U" online series hosted by UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. The presentation will be livestreamed from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The first book in Stonich's trilogy, "Vacationland," continues to be chosen as a community read and book-club favorite. Her memoir, "Shelter," came out to rave reviews and won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in 2011. Stonich's other novels are "These Granite Islands," "The Ice Chorus" and the latest, "Fishing!"

"Once I plot a story and begin, the characters own it," Stonich says. "When they pull me along to places where I'm unsure what might happen next, I know I'm writing."

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the "Thursdays from the U" webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

The series, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.