Blackduck Library News
Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar will visit the Blackduck community Feb. 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackduck Golf Course. This event is sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library and is free and open to the public.
Simar readily admits that Minnesota history is one of her passions. A life-long Minnesotan and grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, she daydreamed while growing up about life in the earliest days of Minnesota and wondered how historic events impacted the lives of ordinary people.
While researching family history, she learned about the 1862 Sioux uprising and that her great-grandfather drove the stagecoach from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years after the Uprising. She became entranced with the idea of what he might have experienced had he arrived in Minnesota one year earlier. Her book, Abercrombie Trail, is the story of Evan Jacobson -- that might have been her grandfathers.
Abercrombie Trail, published by North Star Press in June 2009, is the first novel in a series of three. Simar enjoyed searching museums, poring through newspapers, letters and records and then weaving family history around what she found. It took her eight years to research and write her three novels.
Simar says that seeing her book in print is like a dream come true, and also a lesson in perseverance. She is currently working on a collection of poetry with her sister, Angela Foster.
Simars visits are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage. Although this event is free to the public, seating is limited. Please pick up free tickets at the Blackduck Community Library.