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Home never far away for Hines: Author to present in Blackduck, Bemidji

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Author Thomas (Tom) Hines is coming home again -- sort of. The author will present a book reading and discussion of his recently published book, “Cats, Bats, and Thrashing Machines: a guide to surviving childhood,” in Blackduck and Bemidji.

The Blackduck event is set at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Blackduck History and Art Center. Hines will also be appearing at the Bemidji Woolen Mills in Bemidji at 10 am, and the Beltrami County History Center at 1 p.m Saturday, Sept. 16, and at the Bemidji Buena Vista Fall Colors Festival on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. His book will be available for sale at all events or can be ordered online on

In a release, Hines said he envisioned the book as a simple collection of memories for his grandchildren, but as he wrote stories of the games he played and chores he tried to avoid, the book became so much more. It evolved into a loving and humorous chronicle of a boy’s life on a small farm in Northern Minnesota in the 1950s.

In the book Hines tells his family’s history, his home on Blackduck Lake, his neighbors, and his family traditions, the release said. He describes the small town of Hines, the nearby village of Blackduck, and the overwhelming appeal of the distant city of Bemidji. For Hines, time on the farm stopped when he moved in 1963. At age 67, he now lives on an island just north of Seattle. He retired as a professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Whitman College and traveled extensively throughout his life.