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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Candace Simar

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade following.

Her most recent novel, “Blooming Prairie,” published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, is a finalist for the 2013 Spur Award.

This final novel in the Abercrombie Trail Series portrays familiar characters from Abercrombie Trail (2009), Pomme De Terre (2010) and Spur Award-winning Birdie (2011). Simar’s descriptive writing and vivid imaginings accurately depict the stark isolation and many challenges faced by Scandinavian immigrants struggling to tame the land.

“I write about real Minnesota history and fictional Norwegians,” Simar said during a recent interview. “All my life I’ve daydreamed how it might have been to live through the earliest days of Minnesota and wondered how historical events impacted ordinary people’s lives.”

The Abercrombie Trail Series is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about Norwegians in early Minnesota and who appreciates top-notch, well researched fictional writing.

Candace Simar has also published Farm Girls with the help of her sister, Angela Foster. Farm Girls is a coffee table book of stories and poems about growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm.

“If you learned to swear in Norwegian or shared a two-holer outhouse with your cousin, you’ll enjoy the poetry and prose of these sisters. From memories of Norwegian ancestors and growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm to dreams of Oprah’s couch and rapping with Eminem, Farm Girls will take you back to the days of rural schools, moon light, star light, hope to see a ghost tonight and the auction of the family farm.”

Please look for Candace at the Stand Still Parade. She’d love to visit with you about your family stories. For complete schedule of events log on to

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