The Author's Studio

The Edina Art Center Announces The Author's Studio Workshops

Postponed: German Awakening: Tales From An American Life Book jacket - German Awakening

10-11 a.m. Saturday, September 14

New Date to be Announced

This is a talk and Q&A with Amy Hallberg, author, life coach and writing mentor about her experience writing German Awakening: Tales from an American Life. This was a book 40 years in the making, with essential lessons about otherness and belonging. A small-town teacher’s child desperate for a fresh start, Amy traveled to West Germany as an exchange student in 1987, living with host parents whose childhoods were lost in the war. The experience forever changed the way she viewed the world, including her American culture. She spent the next three decades exploring and teaching German as a way of decoding life, language, politics and especially herself. Amy will talk about non-native language exploration as a way of re-visioning our world perspective, as well as how she sees German poets as heroes for today.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Ivory Lust, by Colin Nelson

10-11 a.m. Saturday, October 12 

Free Event!Ivory Lust

Colin Nelson was introduced to his first mystery story when his grandma gave him a copy of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." He's been hooked ever since. He worked as a criminal lawyer for over 40 years. "Ivory Lust" is his eighth book, a mystery/suspense story set in South Africa.

In Colin's free time, he plays the saxophone in a jazz group and a Bob Dylan Tribute band.

Pete Chandler, an investigator for the U.S. Export/Import Bank, travels to South Africa with his daughter, hoping to heal their relationship. He's also on assignment to solve a murder case connected to the bank. Arriving in Cape Town, his daughter is almost killed during a second murder. That throws Pete into a dangerous quest. It leads them across South Africa to a wild game reserve. Clues point to an international ivory trafficking network. Pete's investigation traps him between powerful forces that don't want him to succeed. When he refuses to give-up, Pete and Karen become targets of the criminals---who will do anything to eliminate the two.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

The Witness Tree, Amy Pendino

10-11 a.m. Saturday, November 9

Free Event!The Witness Tree

Amy Pendino, a Minnesota resident, writes mystery, historical and women’s fiction. A former English teacher, she’s working on her second novel. Please join Amy Pendino as she talks about the writing process from the “indie” point of view. She’ll share what she’s learned from her journey, answer your questions, and will read a short selection from her award-winning novel, “The Witness Tree”.The Witness Tree tells the story of a woman who gets tangled in the aftermath of events that occur after a strange tree, supposedly cursed, is cut down before its time. Vivid descriptions of small town bonds, young love, racism, and the paths young women will take to follow their dreams, intertwine at the foot of the tree, whose secrets are darker and deeper than anyone in the town of Crestview, Iowa, suspect.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

A Life Lived Medium: A Psychic's Journey from Fearful to Almost Fearless, by Jennifer Bierma

10-11 a.m. Saturday, December 14

Free Event!Life Lived Medium

Jennifer Bierma is an author, psychic, and light worker. She is best known for her memoir, A Life Lived MediumA casual discussion and Q&A with Author, light worker and psychic medium Jennifer Bierma about how her journey through fear has given her life more purpose and has challenged others to embrace their differences and live more authentically. Jennifer has been using her psychic gifts to assist people in their healing process since the age of nineteen. She believes that sharing her story with honesty and vulnerability gives others a sense of permission to do the same. At this event, she will share tools to assist you in your own fear journey and challenge you to open your mind to assistance outside of yourself. 

A Life Lived Medium is an honest and unapologetic spiritual memoir that smashes through the barriers created by what society deems normal and the fear that it places on individuals as they carry out their life purpose to accept who they were born to be.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Om Sweet Om: Finding Your Way Back Home, by Nicole Lovald

10-11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 

Free Event!Om Sweet Om

Nicole Lovald is a yoga teacher, life coach, author, and speaker. She is the author of Om Sweet Om: A Corporate Junkies Search for Enlightenment.

Enjoy a talk and Q&A with author Nicole Lovald about her search for enlightenment and how yoga helped her find her way back home, to herself.  While working her way up the corporate ladder Nicole found herself stressed to the max. She experienced her breaking point through a health crisis while her husband was deployed to Iraq and she was learning to single parent their two-year-old son. Luckily she found herself on a yoga mat and learned how to quiet her mind - and her worries - for the first time. She now shares what she learned through yoga and reclaiming her health with others so that they, too, can experience greater peace.

In her presentation, Nicole will share real-life examples and strategies for managing stress, even during the most challenging of times. 

Copies of her spiritual memoir will be available for purchase and signing.

Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD, by Katherine Quie

10-11 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 

Free Event!Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD

Katherine Quie is a child psychologist, author, speaker, and recent founder of ADHD&U, PLLC.

A talk and Q&A with author and child psychologist, Katherine Quie, about her memoir and newly founded cause, ADHD&U. Raising Will is a heartfelt, humbling memoir written by a Texan turned Minnesotan mother and child psychologist. Her heart breaks for Will when he is repeatedly banned from Fun Friday in 1st grade shortly after he is diagnosed with ADHD. The family zig-zags through an obstacle course of therapies, medication side effects, tutoring, and sleepless nights, while shining a light on Will’s inherent strength – blues guitar. Katherine brings you into her private world as she struggles to make sense of ADHD, encounters saintly characters along the way, and gains compassion for others in similar worlds.

Katherine started ADHD&U in 2018. Will had just left for college and she had time to reflect on the next chapter in her life. Given Katherine’s concern about the rise in ADHD, and desire to help those impacted, she developed ADHD&U as a platform to spread the word on how to help.

Copies of her memoir will be available for purchase and signing.

Collapse: Dreaming another World, by Medora Woods

10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2020

Free Event!Collapse: Dreaming Another World

Medora Woods is currently a retired Jungian psychoanalyst. She has also been a high school English teacher, a banker and a lawyer in private practice.

A talk and Q&A with a Jungian psychoanalyst and author about her recently published book: Collapse: Dreaming another World. As a psychoanalyst she understands events in the world as symbolic. Like many in Minneapolis, she experienced the collapse of I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis as both a personal trauma and a trauma for her community. Since then she has explored the symbolic message of that event for her community and the larger community of which we are all a part. Her published writings about the collapse have been incorporated into the book. 

Collapse: Dreaming another World explores the possibility that we are at a critical moment when the structures of our shared world are collapsing. This collapse is the necessary condition for the emergence of a world in which care for all beings guides humanity into an unknown future, one which we all have the power to create.

 Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Slider's Son


Free Event! Date: TBD

Rebecca Fjelland Davis heard a story about a murder decades ago in North Dakota. Her source was a friend in his eighties who found the body with his dad, the local sheriff. The story was so gripping that Becky asked if she could write a nonfiction story about it. When she was well into the writing process, the friend decided he didn’t want his identity revealed, and asked that she turn the book into fiction and change all the identifiable details. No longer able to tell “what really happened,” Becky was faced with creating a place and characters and a plot worthy of a novel. Becky created a protagonist that bore only slight resemblance to her friend, and took her friend’s stories and notched them up with the question, “What if?” That changed some anecdotes into the novel Slider’s Son that won the Midwest Book Award for Young Adult fiction. Join Becky as she talks about the process of digging and imagining to make shards of reality into a story that stands up to novel-reading scrutiny.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.