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Two Journal writers have books in the works


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Journal, has completed a book of essays called At Home in the Big Woods. Most of the stories take place in Fillmore County, with many of them originating in the Big Woods area near Canton where Overcott lives.

Overcott teams up with internationally acclaimed illustrator Dana Gardner who has contributed 50 drawings for the book.

Birdwatchers throughout the world are familiar with Dana’s work. He has collaborated with Dr. Alexander Skutch on several books on the bird life of Costa Rica. In fact, Dr. Skutch, an American ornithologist, writes the introduction to Overcott and Gardner’s book.

Gardner, who is originally from Lanesboro, but now lives in Berkeley, met Overcott after his late father started sending cutouts of her Journal articles to him. So, when Dana came back home to visit family a few summers ago, he made it a point to look up Overcott.

“Dana is actually the one who came up with the idea for the book,” Nancy recalled. “At first I was merely flattered, but then I realized he was serious.”

At Home in the Big Woods is being published by Taxon Media, the newly created publishing arm of Zoo Books in Lanesboro, a wholesale clearinghouse for natural history publications. This is Taxon Media’s first venture into literature. While Zoo Books distributes natural science books throughout the world, the publishers see Overcott’s book as having strong regional appeal.

“Nancy has a strong following through her Journal articles,” said Eric Thiss of Zoo Books, who partners with Dan Beaver at Taxon Media. “And we already distribute many books with Dana’s illustrations in them.”

At Home in the Woods is in the final edit with publishing tentatively set for April. Thiss expects to print a soft cover edition of around 2,000 with a limited hardcover run of 200.

We’ll let you know when the book is available for purchase.

Mary Bell

Also working on a book for summer release is Mary Bell, who first started writing for the Journal in 1997. Tentatively titled Jerky People: their jerky making, recipes, stories and tips, this will be Bell’s fourth book related to food dehydration and the making of jerky. Bell is also the author of Cutting Across Time, a history .....
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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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To the Editor,

It has been said that when a group of people start telling stories, the first story teller doesn’t have a chance.

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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

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