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"Call Me Ishmael"


These four authors all grabbed the reader's attention on page one and never let it go. Today they will explain the thought process behind their opening scenes and what they hoped to achieve. How important is paragraph one, page one, chapter one to the success of a book? How might an author decide which tack to take? Assistive listening devices available.


Panelists
Dan Hampton

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton is a veteran of 151 combat missions flown in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict and first Gulf War; he was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor and numerous other decorations....

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Reed Karaim

A graduate of North Dakota State, Reed Karaim returns to North Dakota in "The Winter in Anna." The novel is set in a small-town newsroom and features the talented but complicated Anna. Reed's first novel, "If Men Were Angels," was featured by Barnes and Noble on its Discover New Writers list....

Annette McGivney

Annette McGivney is an award-winning journalist and longtime southwest editor for Backpacker magazine. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Arizona Highways and Sunset. McGivney is the author of three books, the latest being "Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth," a remarkable look at the murder of a Japanese woman in the Grand Canyon in 2006....

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a playwright, humorist, and the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books including "Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time," "Roughneck Grace," "The Jesus Cow," and his latest, "Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy....

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Books:
The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing
Dan Hampton
History / Biography
William Morrow/HarperCollins
May 2017
ISBN 9780062464392
400 pages
$28.99, INSTOCK
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The Winter In Anna
Reed Karaim
Fiction / Literature
W.W. Norton & Co.
January 2017
ISBN 9780393608502
256 pages
$25.95, INSTOCK
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The story of an unlikely and transformative connection forged between a young journalist and a woman whose past holds a terrible secret.

Pure Land: A True Story of 3 Lands, 3 Cultures
Annette McGivney
History / Biography
Aquarius
October 2017
ISBN 9780998527888
$19.95, INSTOCK
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Danger, Man Working. Writing from the Heart, the Gut and the Poison Ivy Patch
Michael Perry
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
August 2017
ISBN 9780870208409
238 pages
$18.95, INSTOCK
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"A collection of previously published magazine pieces and essays by Michael Perry. More/less

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