Author's Corner

Author's Corner & The Bookstore is a place you won't want to miss! Listen to your favorite authors speak about their books, learn about their life experiences, and hear them read excerpts from books in the Corner. Or go talk with your authers and get your book signed in the Norsk Høstfest Bookstore.





2017 Featured Authors 




Lauraine Snelling

Høstfest favorite Lauraine Snelling has turned her Norwegian heritage and gift of storytelling into a prolific writing career with upwards of 80 books in print. Snelling's trademark style is tackling real issues within a compelling story, and it’s a style that has earned her many devoted fans over her 30+ years of writing. Her work includes many bestselling family sagas, including the beloved Blessing series.



Soile Anderson 

Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman, two Finnish cooks and food personalities, have combined forces to publish a new book, Celebrations to Remember. 


Soile Anderson, a native of Finland, is known for her passion, creativeness and attention to detail, all resulting in extra-ordinary experiences for guests who eat at her table. Before she turned to writing her dream book of ideas and recipes, she founded Deco Catering, (serving President Obama and the Dalai Lama), and the Taste of Scandinavia Bakeries and The Finnish Bistro restaurants. She also did a Scandinavian Mid-Summer Party for Martha Stewart Living magazine.


Timothy Boyce

Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 13 countries. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. Tim has always enjoyed writing, having published his first book while still in law school; for many years he published in a variety of legal journals. His brief introduction to the story of Odd Nansen’s secret World War II Holocaust diary appeared in the March 2013 issue of Viking magazine. Boyce later brought Nansen's diary back to life 60 years later in the 2016 edition of "From Day To Day" and contains extensive annotations and new diary selections never before translated into English.


John Einset

Having lived 45 years in the United States, Einset decided to emigrate to his parent’s home country of Norway. Einset has taken what he has learned during the 23 years living in this Nordic country and compiled it into his book - “Some Say Norway Is Paradise”. In his book, you will learn how things are different between the two countries and the quirks that come with living in Norway.


Dr Mary Ellen Erickson

Mary Ellen Erickson, Ph.D., currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota. Dr. Erickson is a retired teacher/school counselor. She spent over 30 years working with students K-12 in fields such as music, physical education, social studies, psychology, and counseling/guidance. Dr. Erickson has a B.S. degree from Valley City State University, and M.S. degree from North Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. from Walden University. She has written some children's books that stress values, character and work ethic; a non-fiction book on caregiving of elderly parents; a historical fiction novel about growing up German/Russian in the 1950's; two adult novels about 7 retired women; a motivational book to help people survive in tough times, and three juvenile fiction books that stress responsibility and good decision making.Dr. Mary has two newly released books; Geezettes Book Two: Golden Girls on the Prairie and Did Bigfoot Steal Christmas which is the third book in the Peanut Butter Club Mystery series.


Bonnie J Fite

Bonnie earned degrees in English and Elementary Education, from Judson Baptist College and M.Ed. from University of Santa Clara. She has written books on parenting, Christmas, and Bible Studies. She desires to help children by equipping and training parents and teachers. Bonnie is an active public speaker. She has spoken to thousands of parents and teachers from coast to coast. Her speaking ministry began when she developed Effective Discipline, a practical system of discipline based on her years of teaching children from a wide variety of racial and economic backgrounds. Over the years, Bonnie continues to write and speak on a wide range of topics. All provide practical steps of applying biblical principles to life's challenges


Gary Legwold

Lefse will no die - not if Legwold has his way! Concerned that lefse-making was a dying out, Legwold traveled to small towns in the Midwest in search of the best lefse makers. As they made lefse, he studied their techniques, copied their recipes, sampled their lefse and coffee, noted their lefse-inspired stories and humor--and put all of it in this heartwarming book "Last Word on Lefse: Heartwarming Stories and Recipes Too". And what about lutefisk? Don't worry, Legwold has that covered too in "The Last Toast to Lutefisk!"


Marilyn McGriff

Marilyn McGriff, a local historian living in rural Braham, is former director of the Isanti County Historical Society, editor and publisher of the Isanti County Traveler, an annual historical newspaper, author of Isanti County Collage, a Collection of Travelers, the Siloa Lutheran Church centennial book, and co-author of Isanti County, Minnesota—An Illustrated History. She also performs character portrayals drawn from the area’s history.


Eleanor Ostman

Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman, two Finnish cooks and food personalities, have combined forces to publish a new book, Celebrations to Remember. 


Eleanor Ostman, a Finn from Hibbing, was a food writer and her Sunday column, "Tested Recipes," appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press for three decades, and resulted in a best-selling book, Always on Sunday and a newer version, Always on Sunday Revisited.


Donnita Rogers

From her roots in rural Indiana, Donnita Lamb Rogers grew into a teacher, traveler and author. A lifelong passion for learning was fueled by her education at Earlham, a Quaker college, and the University of Minnesota, culminating in a PhD in English Literature. She adopted four children before beginning her teaching career in Texas, which included work at the University of Houston, Lone Star College and Kingwood High School, where she used drama and extensive student involvement to bring literature to life. After retirement in 2001 she traveled the world, and then began to research and write Faces in the Fire, a novel inspired by her teaching of the Old English epic, Beowulf. Five years were spent studying materials on Viking Age culture; a trip to Scandinavia offered such "on-site" experiences as crewing on a Viking ship replica in Denmark and climbing funeral mounds in Sweden, all to discover what life might have been like for women in sixth-century Scandinavia. She and her partner Don currently divide their time among a river home in Texas, a farmhouse in Minnesota, and an island cabin in Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada.


Candace Simar

Candace Simar is a Pequot Lakes, Minnesota author with a passion for her Scandinavian heritage and a deep love of history. Candace grew up dreaming how life might have been for her family in the early days of Minnesota’s settlement.  She became concerned when her college-aged children did not know this history, and took her son’s challenge to “write a book.”


Jan Smith

Jan Smith's forte, writing historical fiction, means zeroing in on a time period in a locality, researching the events that affected the local people and its land, and creating additional characters to enhance the story line and make it enjoyable reading. Smith, a former teacher, writes in the classical style, enlightening her readers of means and methods of survival in a harsh New World. Smith currently resides in the west central area of Minnesota which is part of the locale for this story.


Astrid Karlsen Scott

Astrid Karlsen Scott, has made a name for herself (for many years now) within the greater Norwegian heritage community. Some readers will recognize her for her Norwegian cuisine and Norwegian holiday books and tapes; others will recognize her adventure-loaded World War II spy histories, Silent Patriot and Defiant Courage, both of which are very hard to put down.