June Melby and Keith Lesmeister: Fundraiser for Food!

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books is excited to host a unique preview event and fundraiser with local authors June Melby and Keith Lesmeister. Attendees will hear new and upcoming stories and poems from June and Keith’s writing collections, and have the opportunity to support the Farmers Market Coupon program through the Decorah Community Food Pantry. Everyone is invited to join June and Keith at Dragonfly Books on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm.

Both community favorites at the ArtHaus Poetry Slams, June and Keith entertain with their unique perspectives, humor, and insightful writing. Whether reading short fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, this is guaranteed to be a fun evening with June and Keith!

As part of this preview event, Dragonfly Books has teamed with the Decorah Community Food Pantry to raise money for the Farmers Market Coupon Program. 10% of all Dragonfly Books sales on June 11 will be donated to the Farmers Market Coupon Program. Free will donations will also be accepted at the event.

A native of Decorah, June Melby has worked as a comedian, poet, musician, and performance artist. June’s first book, My Family and Other Hazards (Holt 2014) was a New York Times Bestseller and Midwest Connections pick. She received an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. In addition to being published in several journals and touring internationally, June was the winner of the Children’s Poetry Slam, Edinburgh International Poetry Festival. She has taught creative writing at ArtHaus, Luther College, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City.

Keith Lesmeister is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, We Could’ve Been Happy Here (Midwestern Gothic 2017). A Luther College graduate, Keith received his MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in Bennington, Vermont. His writing has appeared in American Short Fiction and Tin House Open Bar among others. He has taught at ArtHaus, Luther College, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Viterbo University.

The Decorah Community Food Pantry is a shared concern of numerous area faith-based groups, providing food items for more than 1,500 people each month. The Decorah Community Food Pantry serves clients from six counties in NE Iowa and is a 501c3 non-profit. All donations to the Decorah Community Food Pantry are tax deductible. More information about the Food Pantry can be found at decorahpantry.org.

The Farmers Market Coupon program runs seasonally beginning in May. Using need-based coupons distributed by the Food Pantry, clients are able to purchase food items from local area producers. Farmers Market vendors are reimbursed in the amount of the redeemed food. “This facilitates a desire to give our guests healthy food items, while benefiting local area producers.” says Bob Hibbing, Decorah Community Food Pantry Board Member.

If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to make a purchase or donation in support of the Farmers Market Coupon Program, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275.

My Family and Other Hazards: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805098310
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 8th, 2014

A funny, heartwarming memoir about saying goodbye to your childhood home, in this case a quirky, one-of-a-kind, family-run miniature golf course in the woods of Wisconsin

We Could've Been Happy Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944850050
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MG Press - May 16th, 2017

In his first collection of short fiction, Keith Lesmeister plows out a distinctive vision of the contemporary Midwest. A recovering addict chases down a herd of runaway cows with a girl the same age as his estranged daughter. A middle-aged couple rediscovers their love for one another through the unlikely circumstance of robbing a bank.

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