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The Writing Life - Kindle reading is Nov. 20

October 31, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Editor's note: This is a monthly column on the writing process. Topics will range from books and authors to writing conferences and workshops to the writing process itself.

Four area authors will read from their works in a Kindle reading 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Inman Electric/The Shack at 15 S. Sixth St. in Estherville.

The featured authors include:

n 5 p.m. - Rev. Vance Toivonen, pastor at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong.

n 5:30 p.m. - Dr. Glenn Rogers, professor at Iowa Lakes Community College.

n 6 p.m. - Joe Jurrens, retired Emmet County sheriff's deputy.

n 6:30 p.m. - Michael Tidemann, Estherville News staff writer and adjunct instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College and Buena Vista University.

Vance Toivonen has been a pastor for 30 years and currently serves Nazareth Lutheran in Armstrong. As for the book, Vance says, "Along the way I have had many and varied religious experiences that caused me to question my own Christian faith. I still question Christianity in its institutional form, but with roots in the teachings of Jesus that keep me focused and grounded. It is my desire to lift up some of those teachings and to address the difference between subscribing to a religion and following a path that led me to write 'Reading Jesus: Meeting the Word of God'."

Dr. Glenn Rogers is Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. He holds graduate degrees in religion, counseling, cultural studies, and philosophy. He has taught in colleges and universities in Nigeria, West Africa and Texas as well as in Iowa. He is the author of numerous academic books on cultural studies, theology and philosophy, as well as being a novelist. His novels include a western trilogy entitled, "The Colemans", and he is in the process of writing a new mystery series involving private investigator, Jake Badger.

Joel Jurrens was a deputy sheriff for 26 years until his retirement in 2013. He has had short stories published in several magazines and has published three novels. Joel uses his background in law enforcement to bring a sense of authenticity to his stories.

Michael Tidemann is a staff writer at the Estherville News and an adjunct instructor at Buena Vista University, Iowa Lakes Community College, and North Union High School. His fiction currently appears in the Boston-based online literary magazine, which reaches readers in 65 countries. His fiction has also appeared in Struggle magazine, Black Hills Monthly Magazine, and The Longneck.

A primary reason for having the reading is to introduce people to the Amazon Kindle reading device.

For those still balking at reading a book on an electronic device, there are a number of advantages.

The first, and probably most obvious, is the sheer number of titles available. It the printed version of a book is available through Amazon, chances are pretty good that it's also available on Kindle.

Another good reason to look into a Kindle is that many titles are free, particularly public domain books published before 1900.

Another reason is that Kindle versions of new releases are invariably cheaper than print versions. Even if you're buying a used version of a book, when you throw in the $3.99 shipping costs, you might find the Kindle version even cheaper than the used. And the Kindle version is available immediately.

And probably the best reason of all to look at buying a Kindle right now is that it makes a great Christmas gift.

So we hope to see you Nov. 20.

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