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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.