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In Reach
Pamela Carter Joern Enjoys Her Events for
In Reach
The Bookworm
8702 Pacific St.
Omaha, NE
Sept. 11, 2014
The Bookworm in Omaha is a fabulous,
thriving independent bookstore. Here I am
with a few friends and relatives.
Omaha Lit Fest
Omaha, NE
Sept. 13, 2014
The Omaha Lit Fest was a grand experience. I
participated in a panel with two other writers whose
work is set in Nebraska: Margaret Lukas (
, a novel about family, grief, and ghosts) and
Karen Shoemaker (
The Meaning of Names, a novel set
among German-Americans during W. W. I).
Pamela Carter Joern Image by Pat and S. K. Doyle
KFAI Write On! Radio
September 16, 2014
Thanks to Steve McEllistrem and Lynette
Reine-Grandell for a lively and thoughtful
conversation about IN REACH. KFAI does
a wonderful job for the local arts
Magers and Quinn Bookstore
September 18, 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Thanks to Magers and Quinn for hosting a
terrific launch of IN REACH. My friend,
Mary Bednarowski, gave me and the book
a wonderful introduction. Thanks to all
who came. Writers need readers! Here I
am, reading, and with Ann Mayhew and
Pamela Klinger-Horn, two staff members
from Magers and Quinn.
Common Good Books
September 25, 2014
St Paul, MN
We had a great turn out at Common
Good Books in St. Paul, a fabulous
independent bookstore owned by
Garrison Keillor. The two women in
the picture with me are writer
friends: Maureen Millea-Smith and
Marie Stolte.
Judson Memorial Baptist Church
October 26, 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Thanks to all the Judsonites who came and
laughed in the appropriate places! I’m so
lucky to have a supportive church home.
Words in Flight
hosted by Gretchen Thompson
October 26, 2014
St Paul, MN
Gretchen hosted a lovely afternoon gathering
in her St. Paul Lowertown artist’s loft,
complete with foods mentioned in the pages
In Reach. We had a lively discussion. Here
are pictures of a couple represented book  
clubs and one of me with Gretchen.
Barnes and Noble
In collaboration with
Stephanie Ash’s Book Club
Mpls St Paul Magazine
November 13, 2014
Edina, MN
Thanks to Stephanie Wilbur Ash for choosing
In Reach for her Mother of All Book Clubs and
to Lin Salisbury for hosting the interview and
reading at Barnes and Noble. Thanks to all
those who came out on a wintry evening. I had
a grand time and hope you did, too.
Book Club, hosted by
Christina Von Bank
November 14, 2014
Thanks to Christina Von Bank for hosting a
delightful book club at her home. We had a
terrific discussion of
In Reach and wonderful
food, including pumpkin cheese cakes. Brad (my
husband) came, too, since many of the attendees
were from his work place before retirement in
July, 2014. He’s not in the photo, since
somebody had to snap the camera.
Excelsior Bay Books is an exquisite
independent book store in lakeside
Excelsior. Thanks to Ann Nye and Ann
Woodbeck for hosting an evening of wine,
great conversation, and a haven for book
Excelsior Bay Books
Excelsior, MN
December 4, 2014
Here I am, at the Meet the Finalists event for
the Minnesota Book Award. Standing with
me is Heather Slomski, another finalist in the
Novel/Short story category. Heather’s book,

The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons
, is a
haunting and lovely collection of short stories
that won the Iowa Short Fiction Award.
Open Book
Minneapolis, MN  
March 20, 2015
AWP Annual Conference and Bookfair
Panel: Flyover Fiction Series Tenth
Anniversary Reading
Minneapolis, MN
April 8-11, 2015
I’m reading here as part of an AWP panel of
other Nebraska authors: Ladette Randolph,
Erin Flanagan. Moderated by Kristen Elias-
Stillwater Public Library
Minnesota Book Award Finalists
for Novel and Short Story
Stillwater, MN
April 14, 2015
Here I am with the other three finalists for the
Minnesota Book Award in Novel/Short Story. We all
participated in a reading at the Stillwater Public
Library. I’ve read, enjoyed, and been challenged by
the work of these three great writers: Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings), Heather A.
Slomski (
The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons), Nicole
Helget  (

This is my family at the Minnesota Book
Awards Gala. There were about 1,000
people there! IN REACH was a finalist in
the novel/short story category.
St. Paul Union Depot
Minnesota Book Awards Gala
Winners announced in eight categories!
St. Paul, MN
April 18, 2015
I spent a lovely rainy afternoon with
Joyce Nolen’s Book Club.
Book Group Hosted by
Joyce Nolen
Edina, MN
April 24, 2015
Le Center Public Library
Member of the
Waseca-LeSueur Regional
Le Center, MN
May 19, 2015
We had a fun discussion at the Le
Center Library, focused on the
story, “All the Wildness in Her.”
Twin Cities Book Festival
Minnesota State
October 17, 2015
Here I am at the amazing Twin Cities Book
Festival, sitting with Norman Draper and
signing books at the Common Good Books
table. Norman writes books about
gardening that are part farce and part
satire. Check them out:
Backyard and
Front Yard.
Brainerd Writing Alliance Festival
Keynote Speaker
Brainerd, MN
October 31, 2015
I had a wonderful afternoon with
members of the Brainerd Writers
Alliance at their annual Festival. What an
impressive organization! This is a group
of committed writers, engaged and
hard-working and supportive of each
other. We worked hard together, and we
enjoyed a splendid lunch.
Two Rivers Reading Series
Anoka Ramsey Community College
Coon Rapids Campus
November 4, 2015
I was privileged to be a guest writer in this Reading
Series. Seven English instructors taught IN REACH in
their classes. I did two one-hour reading/discussion
sessions with a total of 300 students! The whole day was
spectacular. Beautiful campus, the undulating glass wall
of the cafeteria faces the bend of the Mississippi River,
the faculty were warm and gracious hosts, and the
students were respectful, engaged, and brimming with
intelligent questions.
There were a couple sweet

Thanks to Excelsior Bay Books for
hosting a special event, presenting
four authors: Faith Sullivan,
Nickolas Butler, Jon Odell, and me.
I felt honored to be included in
such an esteemed group of writers.
Plus, it was fun.
Excelsior Bay Books
Literature Lovers Event
Excelsior, MN
November 11, 2015
Washburn Library
5244 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis , MN 55419
June 23, 2016
Washburn Library hosted three Minneapolis authors for a panel
on Thursday evening, June 23, 2016. Here I am with Erin
Soderbergh, author of 2 childrens' book series,
Puppy Pirates
The Quirks, and Jim Walsh, regular contributor to the
Southwest Journal and author of a book about The
Replacements. He also has a book coming out about Prince.
Learn more about Erin and Jim on their websites: or

Thanks to Chris Gordon, Jeanne Exline, and Lesli Randall for
organizing a terrific event.
Magers and Quinn Bookstore
Minneapolis, MN
November 29, 2016
My good friend, Maureen Millea Smith, is another
Minnesota writer who grew up in Nebraska and
writes about Nebraska. We read together on a cold,
brisk night. Maureen has a new book out,
Enigma of Iris Murphy
, and I read from In Reach.
Thanks to Magers and Quinn, a fabulous independent
bookstore that supports local writers.
Book Club
December 6, 2016
Thanks to Sue McDougall and Pam Binns
and their book club for hosting me on
December 6. It’s great fun to be among
people readers!
WLA (Western Literature Association)
Minneapolis, MN
October 28, 2017
A few years ago, I was a guest teacher for the Story Catchers
Workshop sponsored by the English and Humanities Department
of Chadron State College, located in the northwest corner of
Nebraska. This year, Matthew Evertson, coordinator of the
workshop and chair of the English and Humanities Department at
the college, contacted me to ask if I would be willing to
participate in a panel showcasing my work for the WLA. I was
honored, and on a cold Saturday morning, here we are: Matthew
Evertson, Professor; me (with the silver hair); Brenda Lanphear,
High School English teacher; Steven Coughlin, Ass’t. Professor.
It was thrilling for me to hear how students in high school and
college classes have responded to my work. Matt, Brenda, and
Steve were gracious, smart, well-prepared, and fun. Brenda
brought some of her students work that explored a story from
, Matt spoke to themes in The Plain Sense of Things, and
Steve read original poems that resonated with images from
Floor of the Sky
. I read short excerpts from each work. The
whole experience was a little taste of honey.