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Meet author Jerry Mevissen Sunday in Wadena

Author Jerry Mevissen will read from his newest book, "That Reminds Me," on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at An Open Book in Wadena.

"The Reminds Me" is a collection of stories, poems, essays, and one-scene plays that illuminate small town life in northern Minnesota. Set in the distinctive but universal backdrop of Nimrod, MN (population 69), the stories draw on the fascinating and inspiring lives of time-tested men and women and their cherished homesteads.

Part I, Reflections, is creative memoir. Storylines, secondary characters, and locales are embellished to make it a better read. Stories like the birth of a child, a Boundary Waters canoe trip, the Amtrak to Montana.

Part II, Refractions, is pure fiction. The storyline however probably germinated, and the protagonists probably live, within ten miles of the town's boundaries. Stories like a homecoming to the family farm, a Match.com romance, a Julia Roberts fantasy.

In 2000, Jerry Mevissen emigrated from the Twin Cities to retire to Minnesota's North Country.

For three years, he wrote a column for the Sebeka Menahga Review Messenger called Nimrod Chronicles. Selections from that column resulted in a book of the same name, published by North Star Press in 2005.

He followed that with a collection of short stories, Broken Hart, published by the Jackpine Writers Bloc in 2008. He is a member of the Jackpine Writers Bloc in Park Rapids and continues his association with the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Jerry hobby farms on the Crow Wing River where he tends Scottish Highland cattle and Haflinger horses.

Jerry Mevissen's program is one of a series of free programs presented by the Wadena County Historical Society. An Open Book is located at 209 Jefferson Street S, Wadena. For more information please call 218-631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net.

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