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.





2018 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.


The Wish Series

Per Breiehagen, Lori Evert and Anja, the family behind the New York Times Bestseller, The Christmas Wish, invite you to their multi-media presentation of photography and videos of Norway and the creation of their book series that started with the story of a little Norwegian girl’s quest to find Santa, and the animals that help her on her journey. The family’s new book, The Polar Bear Wish, debuts this year at Høstfest! They will be here, signing all of their 6 books and merchandise, including the popular Anja dolls, at the Home of the Wish Books booth on Joy Street.


Sandy Blanes

Author Sandy Blanes, Butte ND, has grandmothers and their importance to a child in the focus of her newest book, ”Where’s MY Grandma?” Blanes states, “This book is a beginning reader to third grade level and the perfect read-to-me story for any family. The book, Where’s MY Grandma, has a few points I am addressing as I engage in workshops, talks and readings.”
Some of the goals of her book are: foster grand-parenting, achieving your dreams, international cultural and language-learning awareness, family situations and that “Grandmas can do many things.” 


Francie Berg

Francie M. Berg is a teacher, historian and author of fifteen books, with strong homestead and ranching roots in the Old West. Born at home in the Missouri River Breaks, she grew up on a Montana ranch and lives in Hettinger, North Dakota, within a few miles of her grandparents’ South Dakota homestead and the center of a fascinating buffalo heritage of which she writes in Buffalo Trails in the Dakota Buttes and its companion book Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains. Her books on western history include: North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons, South Dakota Land of Shining Gold, Wyoming Land of Echoing Canyons, Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota and the Last Great Buffalo Hunts: Traditional Hunts in 1880-1883 by Teton Lakota. She has worked as a county extension agent, and taught high school, college and adult education. A graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, Berg has a master’s degree in family and anthropology from the University of Minnesota.


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.


Stig Hansen

Born in Denmark, Hansen has been helping people across the world explore, discover or rediscover Danish culinary heritage. Learn how to dish up delicious servings of authentic Danish cooking with Old World recipes.


Ben Hylden

Benjamin Hylden grew up on a dairy farm near Park River, North Dakota, where he first found his love for the Lord and sports. After high school, he pursued a career as a school counselor, but while in college at the University of North Dakota, he became inspired to share his story through writing. As a result, he began handwriting his book in one of his college notebooks, and a year later, his book, Finding Faith in the Field, was released. Upon its release, a career as an inspirational speaker and the creation of his clothing line Purified began to take form. Now along with his speaking career and clothing line, Benjamin has also started a health company with Dr. Prasad Sawardeker, MD, called Purified Health.


Patrice Johnson

Patrice Johnson is a Nordic food geek and meatball historian who loves to give old Scandinavian recipes a modern spin. She is a food and culture writer, cooking class instructor, and lutfisk visionary. Patrice is currently working writing her first book, titled “Swedish Jul: A Midwestern Story,” published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2017.  


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!"


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.”



Author's Corner Schedule

9 am – Sandy Blanes (Wednesday & Friday)
9 am – Francie Berg (Thursday & Saturday)
10 am – John Einset
11 am – The Christmas Wish
12 pm – Gary Legwold
1 pm – Timothy Boyce
2 pm – Lauraine Snelling
3 pm – Daniel Serra (Wednesday & Friday)
3 pm – Dr. Mary Ellen Erickson (Thursday & Saturday)
4 pm – Bonnie Fite

5 pm – Ben Hylden (Wednesday & Friday)
5 pm – Jordain Kinnander (Thursday & Saturday)
6 pm – Candace Simar