Authors in Conversation- STEPHANIE HANSEN & KURT JOHNSON

Authors in Conversation
Friday, September 30th
2:00 p.m.
In Person at Books & Company 

Registration required for this free event


Books & Company is excited to host Stephanie Hansen in conversation with Kurt Johnson. They will be talking about writing, traveling, and cooking. A book signing will follow the conversation. 


About the books: 

True North Cabin Cookbook: Celebrate life in the northland with seasonal foods and cherished stories, as recipes and personal recollections transport readers to a lakeside cabin in the north woods. Cabins provide an ideal getaway from the demands of everyday life, with adventuresome days of hiking or boating or lounging fueled by hearty, home-cooked meals. The rhythms of cabin life are familiar to Stephanie  Hansen, who relishes the opportunity to create memorable and delicious meals for friends and loved ones using simple ingredients from pantry and garden. Hansen's creative dishes will nourish and delight those who gather at your table--at the cabin or at home. True North Cabin Cookbook offers ample opportunity to savor north woods living at its very best.

The Barrens: Two young women attending college decide to have a summer adventure canoeing the rapids-strewn Thelon River that runs 450 miles through the uninhabited Barren Lands of subarctic Canada. Holly made the trip once before with a group of skilled paddlers she trained with at camp, and she wants to share that experience with her friend and lover, Lee, believing it will draw them closer. But a week in, Holly, the risk-taker, falls while taking a selfie near the edge of a cliff. She is left injured and comatose, and soon dies. Their locator beacon for summoning rescue was smashed in Holly's fall. It remains to Lee, the inexperienced paddler, to continue the grueling and dangerous trip alone, to save herself and return her lover's body to civilization and Holly's family. In their relationship, Holly and Lee had always told each other stories; Lee had called Holly a "storyist." Storytelling helps Lee endure the rigors of her journey and engage her grief as she explores her relationship with Holly while chronicling her own coming-of-age off the grid in Nebraska with her estranged eco-anarchist father, who is now serving time in prison.



About the authors: 

Stephanie Hansen is a food writer and blogger. From chatting about local dining on FM 107.1's Weekly Dish to sharing recipes on The Jason Show to highlighting local entrepreneurs and craftspeople through the Makers of Minnesota podcast, Hansen celebrates all things Minnesota. She loves to cook; even more, she loves to eat.

Kurt Johnson lives in St. Paul and grew up spending summers on a remote island near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, first with his parents and later with his wife, Stephanie, and then their daughter, Ellie. He lives in Minneapolis.





Event date: 
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4457
True North Cabin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a North Woods Table By Stephanie Hansen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681342351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - September 6th, 2022

The Barrens: A Novel of Love and Death in the Canadian Arctic By Kurt Johnson, Ellie Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950994489
Availability: Not On Our Shelves Now--Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade - May 3rd, 2022