First Annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 5-8 in Grand Marais


First Annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 5-8 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., Sept. 25, 2015 – The North Shore will become an inspirational retreat this Nov. 5-8, 2015 for literary artists gathering in Grand Marais for the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice.

“The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing a place of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists,” says Linda Kratt, executive director for Visit Cook County.

“We look forward to hosting an event that celebrates the literary arts across the spectrum, from reading to publishing.  We are pleased to offer sessions with over 20 authors and book professionals as we focus this year’s festival on the contemporary Minnesota book scene as well as the history of the literary arts on the North Shore,” says Ruth Pszwaro, program coordinator for Grand Marais Art Colony.

Festival events will include workshops, craft seminars, special events including panel discussions and reading panels, and an address by keynote author, Lorna Landvik.

Famous authors share their techniques

Below is just a sampling of the kinds of events and workshops that will be featured.

Well-known authors Lorna Landvik, Faith Sullivan, and Judith Guest will discuss how writers achieve well-crafted, saleable stories, fiction or non-fiction, and if the “how-to” books have it right during the festival’s special event: “The Method to our Madness” on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer period to follow.

Laurie Hertzel, senior editor for books at the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune will spark a discussion about the purpose and the art of reviewing books at the workshop: “The Art of the Book Review” on Friday, Nov. 6 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Former travel editor for the Star Tribune Catherine Watson will highlight the travel memoir during the craft seminar: “Telling the Traveler’s Tale” on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.  The travel memoir is one of the oldest forms of literature and Watson will talk about the genre’s more than 2,000-year history, along with tips on how to sharpen travelers’ tales.

MPR Broadcast Journalist Cathy Wurzer will share how she told the story of Bruce Kramer’s struggle with ALS in her recent book, We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying and the loss of a friendship with educator/musician Bruce Kramer at a special book talk and book signing Saturday, Nov. 7 from 4:45-6 p.m.

Registration Rates and Membership

Workshops | $60/Art Colony member and $65/non-member.

Craft Seminars | are $30/Art Colony member and $35/non-member.

Full Festival Pass | $370 Art Colony member and $395 non-member.

Grand Marais Art Colony membership | $25 individual, $50 family, $75 sustaining, $100 sponsor, $250 patron, $500 benefactor, and $1,000 + partner.

Event Partners

Grand Marais Arts Colony, Drury Lane Books, and Grand Marais Public Library.

Event Sponsors

Best Western Superior Inn & Suites, Milkweed Editions, University of Minnesota Press, North Shore Visitor, Ritzman Realty, Inc., Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Minnesota Historical Society Press.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.




CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103