Carolyn Porter | Minnesota
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Page 64: Victory at last!

Not long ago I was searching through old digital photos looking for something entirely unrelated to the book when I came across photos from the January 2012 trip Aaron, Hoover and I took to Gunflint Lodge in far northern Northern Minnesota. The trip is recounted on pages 63–68 of Marcel’s Letters; this specific moment is described on page 64. I thought it would be fun to share the image Aaron snapped of the doe finally eating corn out of my hand. Victory at last!

 

Carolyn Porter feeding corn to a large doe at Gunflint Lodge in northern Minnesota.

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Marcel’s Letters is a Minnesota Book Award finalist

I was — I am! — humbled and honored to learn Marcel’s Letters is one of four finalists in the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction category of the Minnesota Book Awards. Finalists were chosen “by 27 judges from around the state—writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community.”

I am also honored to be a finalist with Amy Thielen for Give a Girl a Knife, Tom Rademacher for It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching, and Linda LeGarde Grover for Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year.

Read the official announcement here.

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Update April 21, 2018: Huge congratulations to Linda LeGarde Grover for her win for Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year!

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The Bored Saleswoman

A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from a Stillwater shop owner named Michelle. A friend of hers told her about Marcel’s Letters. Her friend believed I must have purchased the letters in Michelle’s Main Street store. The confusion was understandable; Michelle took over the lease of Belle Époque, the store where I bought the letters just months after I purchased them. Michelle’s store, Rose Mille, occupied the space for the following ten years.

Despite the disappointing news I did not buy the letters in Michelle’s store, as we messaged back and forth she wondered if there still might be a connection:READ MORE

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“New Font Tells a Story”: Profile by KMSP-TV

I received a phone call on Wednesday, Nov. 29. On the other end of the phone was KMSP-TV reporter Rob Olson, wondering if I would be willing to film a segment later that day. He had just seen a press release from UW-Stout, and wanted to learn more about my font and the book. I had a client call scheduled for mid-afternoon, so I wasn’t able to film that day. But, we agreed to film the next morning. Good news for me: That gave me an extra day to fret about being on camera!

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