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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Milkweed to publish memoir of Minn. couple who spent year in Boundary Waters

Dave and Amy Freeman. Photo by Nate Ptacek

Dave and Amy Freeman. Photo by Nate Ptacek

Milkweed Editions publisher Daniel Slager "paddled into the wilderness" last month to broker a book deal with Dave and Amy Freeman, the couple who spent an entire year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Freemans departed Sept. 23, 2015, for a year meant to raise awareness of the environment and the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota sulfide-ore copper mining operation just on the edge of the BWCA. They camped at 120 sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team, accoding to the press release released by Milkweed.

The couple returned last week. "Our exit from the Wilderness today is bittersweet," Amy Freeman said in the press release. "We love this place and honestly wouldn't mind staying a bit longer, but we are eager to catch up with family and friends."

They documented their experience through social media, National Geographic and Canoe & Kayak magazine, and they have neen featured on TV's "The Today Show."

The Star Tribune wrote about them last week and last December.

They will spend the next several months working on a book, which will be published iin Fall 2017 by Milkweed.

Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and many of their books have a concentration on the wilderness and the environment.

Duluth's Holy Cow! Press announces major new Midwest fiction prize

Linda LeGarde Grover. Photo courtesy of Brett Groehler

Duluth nonprofit publisher Holy Cow! Press is teaming up with the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation to establish a significant new fiction prize. The "First Fiction Prize" is open to writers across the Midwest and will award $5,000 and publication for a first collection of short fiction or novella.

The judge will be Linda LeGarde Grover, author of "The Dance Boots" and "The Road Back to Sweetgrass."

Lindquist & Vennum has previously established, with Milkweed Editions, a significant prize for poetry.

Here are the rules! Read closely! 

1. "First Fiction" submissions are open to residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

2. Submissions must be hard copy (no e-mail) and must be accompanied by a $20 reading fee. 

3. The submitted manuscript must be unpublished, though individual stories may have been published, and it cannot be longer than 160 pages.

4. The postmark deadline is Dec. 1. 

5. The work may not be currently under consideration by Holy Cow! Press, though it may be under consideration elsewhere. (And if it is accepted elsewhere, you must alert Holy Cow! Press.)

6. Do not include any identifying information on the manuscript.

7. Do include your name, address, email, phone, title of manuscript, number of pages, titles of stories that have been published (and where), and brief biographical information on a separate sheet of paper. 

8. Here's the mailing address: 

c/o Holy Cow Press
P.O. Box 3170, Mount Royal Station
Duluth, MN 55803

9. Further questions? Call Holy Cow! at 218-724-1653. Or check their brand-new website.


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