Bettendorf author Katie Ganshert will have two upcoming book signings to celebrate the publication of her second novel "Wishing on Willows" (Waterbrook Press, a division of Random House, to be published Tuesday) that continues the story in her debut novel "Wildflowers from Winter."
The story concerns Robin Price as she deals with a three-year old son, a struggling Iowa café, and fading memories of her late husband. Ms. Ganshert explores if second chances at life and love always involve surrender.
She will sign copies of the book Saturday, March 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Books-A-Million,4000 East 53rd St.,Davenport, and Friday, April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dunn Brothers, 787 Middle Road, Bettendorf.
Ms. Ganshert also will discuss her journey toward publication and the quirks, challenges and rewards of an author's life at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Bettendorf Public Library.She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education and worked as a fifth-grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in Bettendorf where she lives with her husband and their young son.
"Wildflowers from Winter," concerns a Chicago architect unexpectedly called back to rural Iowa. For more information, visit katieganshert.com.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.