Local authors featured at ‘Books-On-A-Boat’ Festival

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Local authors Pat Bettendorf, with Ruby, Connie Baldrica and Jim Kosmo will take part in “Books-On-A-Boat Authors Festival Nov. 14 in St. Paul.

Three St. Croix Valley writers are among a dozen authors meeting the public and participating in two panel discussions moderated by author and newscaster Don Shelby from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in St. Paul.

Authors Colleen Baldrica, Jim Kosmo and Patrick Bettendorf are among a dozen successful Minnesota authors featured at the “Books-On-A-Boat Authors Festival.”  In addition to greeting individuals and autographing their books, the authors will participate in two panel discussions moderated by Shelby.

The program will be held in the Victorian-style Minnesota Showboat Theater located at Harriet Island Park, just across the Wabasha Street Bridge from St. Paul City Hall. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the St. Paul Rotary Club’s Second Century Scholarship Fund, an endowment program that grants a $20,000 college scholarship annually to a St. Paul high school student.

Colleen Baldrica’s “Tree Spirited Woman” was inspired by the teachings of her Native American grandmother. Baldrica, of Stillwater, carried that wisdom forward. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and a PhD in the Philosophy of Education, and she worked in public education for 28 years. The national award-winning book, “Tree Spirited Woman” takes readers through one woman’s intimate transformation from the death of her maternal grandmother to the establishment of a new and guiding friendship with a wise and mystical woman  and invites the reader to ponder the essence of the spirit world, and the powerful connection with family, friends and mother earth. http://colleenbaldrica.com.

Jim Kosmo is the author of  “Still Standing” and “Monsters in the Hallway” A two-time national award-winning newspaper editor, Mississippi riverboat captain, and former Bayport mayor, Kosmo retired in 2009 to return to writing to help tell Sgt.John Kriesel’s story of survival and success. After writing “Still Standing” and winning eight national book awards, he launched Author’s Advocate, LLC to work with other authors including Lt. Col. Mark Weber, “Tell My Sons.” When he isn’t checking on his 10 grandchildren, Kosmo is working on three books of his own, including “Monsters in the Hallway,” due out in 2013.  www.jimkosmo.com

Patrick Bettendorf’s “Ruby’s Tale” tells the story of his dog, Ruby. Found like unwanted trash in an abandoned house, Ruby grew up to achieve the impossible. Ruby’s story has it all; fun, gritty drama, high emotion, excitement, anger, laughter and betrayal. Ruby, a cancer survivor, even flew to Hollywood for an appearance on national television. Her award winning book is read in 15 countries and has received terrific critical reviews. Author Bettendorf  of Scandia has been an actor of stage and industrial training films, a radio personality, and a scriptwriter. www.rubystales.com

The other participating authors include: Don Shelby, moderator, “The Season Never Ends;” Dara Beevas, “Indie Author Revolution;” Marilyn Jax, “The Find,” “Road to Olamos,” and “Sapphire Trails;” Mary Linda Sather, “Boo Boo Bear’s Mission;” Aimee Bissonette, “Cyber Law;” Joe Kimball, “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion;” John Kriesel, “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel;” Bob Showers, “Minnesota North Stars,” and “The Twins at the Met,” and Mark Weber, “Tell My Sons”

Tickets for the “Books-On-A-Boat Authors Festival” are available in advance at www.BooksOnABoat.com for $12  or $15 at the door, offset by $10 in BOAB Bucks to use toward book purchases. Attendees will be entered in a series of prize drawings and receive 10 to 25 percent discounts, free gift wrapping, snacks and entertainment in addition to the two panel discussions.

To read more and to purchase tickets online go to www.BooksOnABoat.com.