MARY HELEN STEFANIAK- In Person Author Event at the Hartland Public Library

In Person Author Event


Thursday, June 2nd
6:30 p.m.
Hartland Public Library

110 E. Park Ave
Hartland, WI 53029


Author Mary Helen Stefaniak visits the Hartland Public Library for a night of conversation and cookies! Mary Helen will read selections from her brand-new novel, The World of Pondside, speak about the writing process, and answer any questions from the audience. Signed copies of the novel will be available for purchase at the event from Books & Company, and the author will provide free Pondside-themed cookies as well!


About the book:
In a game of life or death, the seniors at Pondside Manor risk it all.

With help from Pondside Manor's quirky, twentysomething kitchen worker Foster Kresowik, resident Robert Kallman creates The World of Pondside, a video game that delights the nursing home's residents by allowing them to virtually relive blissful moments from days long past--or even create new ones. One-legged Duane Lotspeich is overjoyed when he can dance the tango again. Octogenarian Laverne Slatchek cheers on her favorite baseball team from the stands at Candlestick Park with her beloved husband--who died years ago. Even the overwhelmed Pondside administrator escapes her job by logging into a much more luxurious virtual world. Robert's game enlivens the halls of Pondside Manor, but chaos ensues when he is found dead, submerged in the pond, still strapped into his wheelchair. If any resident witnessed his death, they're not telling--either covering up or, quite possibly, forgetting. And it's far from clear to anyone--including the police--if the death of this brilliant man, who suffered from ALS, was suicide or murder. When Robert's video game goes dark, its players grow desperate. The task of getting it back online falls to young Foster, who enlists help from a raucous group of residents and staff. Their pursuit--virtual and real--has unintended consequences, uncovering both criminal activities and the secret plans of Foster's friend Robert. From Pondside Manor, this unlikely bunch of gamers embarks upon an astonishing journey--blissful, treacherous, and unforgettable.

Packed with sharp wit and compassion, Mary Helen Stefaniak has written a rousing, perceptive, and utterly original novel.


About the author: Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prizewinning author of The Turk and My Mother and Self Storage and Other Stories. She lives in Omaha and Iowa City.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
110 E Park St
Hartland, WI 53029
The World of Pondside Cover Image
ISBN: 9781799909712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - April 19th, 2022

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ISBN: 9780393341133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2011