Book number four was published, Across the Fence: If Walls Could Talk. Price is $16.00. Contact Howard Sherpe is you are interested in purchasing this book, or any of the others.
There are now four books available:
1. Across the Fence
2. Across the Fence: Down Country Roads
3. Across the Fence: Back To the Country
4. Across the Fence: If Walls Could Talk
I'm also avilable for book readings/signings. 608-634-6874.
April 10, 2007
I've been asked to lead a Heritage Class at Norskedalen on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The class is titled: "Truth, White Lies, and Memory: Writing Your Life Story." If you're interested in beginning to write your memories in order to leave a record for future generations, this is a good place to start. Contact Norskedalen to sign up if you are interested. Norskedalen, PO Box 235, Coon Valley, WI 54623, or Phone: 608-452-3424.
April 22, 2007
I'll have my wood carvings at the Norwegian American Genealogical Center's Annual Banquet. This year it will be held at the Black Hawk Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin. Across the Fence books will also be available for purchase.
May 19 & 20, 2007
I'll again be in the Heritage Tent at the Westby Syttende Mai on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and say hello. I'll be doing Norwegian folk art carving and will also have Across the Fence books available.
August 3, 2007
I'll be the Keynote speaker at the Tre-Lag Stevne (Gudbrandsdalen, Hedmark, and Trøndelag) being held at the Stoney Creek Inn in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Across the Fence books will be available.
November 3, 2007
I'll be teaching another Heritage Class at Norskedalen on Saturday, November 3, 2007, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The class is titled: "Truth, White Lies, and Memory: Writing Your Life Story." If you're interested in beginning to write your memories in order to leave a record for future generations, this is a good place to start. Contact Norskedalen to sign up if you are interested. Norskedalen, PO Box 235, Coon Valley, WI 54623, or Phone: 608-452-3424.
November 4, 2007
Join me at Norskedalen for the Sunday program, starting at 2:00 p.m. I'll talk about my new book "Across the Fence and Down Country Roads." Books will be available for purchase.
Book talks/signings Itinerary:
September 30 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bekkum Memorial Library, Westby (Reading & book signing)
October 7 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
DregneÕs Scandinavian Gifts - Westby H¿stfest (Book signing)
October 21 - 6:00 pm
Bethany UMC Primetimer's Dinner (Speaker/program & book signing)
October 24 - Noon - 2:00 pm.
J.C. Clegg Public Library, Central City, Iowa - (Book signing)
October 28 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Carriage House & Gatherings - Boscobel (Book Signing)
5 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vernon County Historical Society Annual Dinner (Speaker/program & book signing)
5 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Julie & Lane Backus - Wilson (Reception & book signing)
6 - 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Woodville Senior Center (Short talk/program and signing)
November 11 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open House Imports, Mt. Horeb - (Book signing)
November 16 - 11:45 - 2:00
Divine Savior UM Church, Madison Reminisce Writing Groups Annual Banquet
(Speaker/program & book signing)
December 5 - 10:00 - 11:30
Old Times Assisted Living, Westby, Wisconsin (Book Reading and Discussion)
December 14 - 11:30 am
The Lunch Bunch, Arbor Covenant Church, Madison, Wisconsin (Book Reading and Discussion)
From my side of the fence...
I'm looking forward to visiting the Old Times Assisted Living in Westby. I'll read some stories and then I want to listen to the memories of the residents as they relate things they thought of while listening to the stories. I hope to set up the same type of visit with other assisted living facilities. If you have one in your area that you'd like me to visit, let me know.
December 2, 2006
If you are looking for a copy of Across the Fence in your area, they are available at:
Westby - Dregne's Scandinavian gifts
Coon Valley - Norskedalen
Viroqua - Bramble Books
Woodville - Lena & Ole's Gifts, The Woodville Leader
Central City, Iowa - The Linn News-Letter
Boscobel - The Carriage House, The Boscobel Dial
Mt. Horeb - Prairie Bookshop, Open House Imports, Little Norway
Madison - Frugal Muse Books
December 6, 2006
Several people have asked if I plan to do another book with more of the weekly columns. That was pretty much contingent on how many people wanted this book. Based on the sales after a little over two months, I think it's a safe bet that there will be an Across the Fence - Book Two. The second book will contain some new stories you haven't read in the column. There are some longer stories that couldn't be run in the space allowed in the newspapers, and a couple of stories that some newspapers may have been reluctant to run. My plan at this point is to have the second book printed by late next summer or early fall. Stay tuned!
December 20, 2006
My story "Christmas - 1966" was selected as the 1st place winner in The Country Today Christmas memories contest and was printed in the December 20th edition of the paper. The next day I received a call from a woman in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, who's brother had been killed in Vietnam on the same day I talk about in the story. We'll be getting together and I plan to do a follow-up story on her brother.