Today I had a book signing for my book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota at Fair Trade Books in Red Wing. Met some very nice people. Always good to engage in conversation about climbing, writing, or weather. That was the first book signing for this book -- others will follow.
The Red Wing Republican Eagle ran an article about my new book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota. The article does a good job of capturing the essence of the book and why I wrote it. Read the article here.
My book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota was released today by The History Press, a division of Arcadia Publishing. The book is about three weather-related disasters that happened in the region -- the wreck of the Sea Wing, the Armistice Day Blizzard, and the Mississippi River flood of 1965. The book contains 45 photos and you can see a preview of it on the publisher's website.
Deep Wild Journal, an outdoors literary journal from Colorado, recently accepted my essay "Summit Storm" about climbing during a blizzard on Mount Rainier on one of my first major mountain climbing trips. The 2022 issue of Deep Wild is expected to be released in July.
I had a great visit today at Magers and Quinn, an independent bookstore in Uptown in Minneapolis. They have accepted three books of mine -- Highpointing for Tibet, Adventure Relativity, and Mountain Dreams -- to include in their store and on their web site. I'm happy to see those books included there.
The History Press, a division of Arcadia Press, has announced that my book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota will be released April 11. It is an account of three serious events in the region, including the wreck of the Sea Wing, the Armistice Day Blizzard, and the Mississippi River flood of 1965. All three were devastating and cost significant lives and money. I was able to get good photos from area historical societies to illustrate the events. I'll post a link to the book's page in here in the near future.
Big River Magazine published an article I wrote about wing dams in the Mississippi River. They were used to force the current of the river into the center to scour the channel deeper as boats grew in size and navigation on the river became more important to agriculture and business. It's a good magazine and I am happy to see my article included there.
The Red Wing Republican Eagle, where I was a reporter for three years, just ran a very nice article about my new book Mountain Dreams. It captures the essence of the book very well, and also includes several photos. Here is a link to the article.
In 1922, Ralph Samuelson experimented with different types of boards and different angles until he finally rose out of the water on Lake Pepin near Lake City and created the sport of water skiing. This summer is the 100th anniversary of that event, the 50th anniversary of Water Ski Days, and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lake City. An article I wrote about Ralph and his accomplishments is in the January/February issue of Big River Magazine.
Since retiring from working at the newspaper, I have been writing a book about the first decade of my climbing experiences -- about the people I met and learned from, and the places we went for climbing. It has been fun to reconnect with those people, remember the exciting climbs we made, and try to assemble them in a book. The book includes 30 photos of these early experiences as well as accounts of the process of learning all the many important aspects of climbing on rock, ice, and mountains. Read more in the publications section of this website or check out the link on Amazon.
Photo by John Jancik
Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of seven books and over 1,000 articles.