Grand Forks library to host Herald columnist Jessie Veeder at creative workshop, book-signing event
Western North Dakota writer, musician, storyteller Veeder celebrates rural life in her new children's book, "Prairie Princess"
GRAND FORKS — Jessie Veeder, writer, musician and Herald columnist from Watford City, N.D., will present a children’s book reading, signing and creative workshop beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Grand Forks public library.
At the free event, Veeder will discuss the inspiration for her new book, "Prairie Princess," and the creative and publishing processes. She also plans to conduct a fun, engaging creative writing and art activity for all ages that “encourages you to explore the place you love most,” she said in a news release.
At a meet-and-greet session beginning at 3 p.m., Veeder will sign copies of her book, which she describes as “a celebration of rural living and our connection to the land told through the perspective of a young girl.”
In connection with the release of the book, Veeder is visiting libraries across the state to discuss the book and conduct workshops.
She is also scheduled to perform at an event beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Northwood Performing Arts Center, 420 Trojan Road. Tickets, $25 each for reserved seating, are on sale for “An Event That Will Warm Your Heart” at www.northwoodpacnd.org .
At the event, hosted by the Northwood Performing Arts Council and sponsored by the Northwood American Legion Post #92, the audience will be offered sweet treats by Alyx Kjorven.
Veeder's book, “Prairie Princess,” illustrated by Daphne JohnsonClark, is inspired by her “magical children” on the family’s ranch near Watford City, Veeder said. “(It) lets a little girl be the expert tour guide and caretaker of the land that she knows so well and reminds us what it’s like to be captivated and responsible for a place.”
During her visit to the Grand Forks Public Library, Veeder will read from her book and share insights on what it takes to go from idea to print, she said. She’ll perform some of her music and lead participants in a creative activity, prompting them to explore and commemorate the place they love most.
Veeder, a weekly columnist for the Forum Communications company, has been a symbol of folk music in western North Dakota since she released her first album at age 16. Since then, she has pursued a successful music and creative writing career. Her 2015 album, titled “Northern Lights,” led to a visit to Nashville to record with Bill Warner, a producer who has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and many others.
Veeder’s skill as a songwriter and storyteller is evident in songs that are rooted in stories of her western North Dakota home. Her weekly writing can be found at www.veederranch.com .
The library visits are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the national Endowment for the Arts.
The Grand Forks Public Library is located at 2110 Library Circle.
For more information about Saturday’s event, call the library at (701) 772-8116 or visit www.gflibrary.com .
For more information about Veeder’s work, visit www.jessieveedermusic.com .