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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.