Weather Forecast


Candace Simar to release fourth novel

1 / 2
2 / 2

Candace Simar to release fourth novel

BAXTER — Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar celebrates the release of her fourth historical novel, “Blooming Prairie,” by North Star Press of St. Cloud with a book launch celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie Bay Grille in Baxter.

Tickets to the event include a copy of “Blooming Prairie,” appetizers and live music by Jim Olson. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved at or by calling 828-4717. Seating is limited.

This fictional book, set in 1870s Minnesota, takes readers on a harrowing journey through grasshopper plagues, economic crisis and threatening Indian tensions. Simar’s descriptive writing and vivid imagining depicts the stark isolation of immigrant life and the many challenges faced by Minnesotans struggling to tame the land.

This final novel in the Abercrombie Trail Series portrays familiar characters from “Abercrombie Trail” released in 2009, “Pomme De Terre,” released in 2010 and Spur Award-winning “Birdie” in 2011. Simar possesses strong characterization skills that make these lonely women and determined men seem undeniably real.

“Minnesota history is one of my favorite things. All my life I’ve daydreamed how it might have been to live through the earliest days of Minnesota, wondered how historical events impacted ordinary people’s lives and imagined characters and stories,” Simar said in a press release. “Historical fiction is a painless way to learn history.”

Minnesota history, danger, discrimination, fear, love and faith are woven into each book of the Abercrombie Trail series. ”Blooming Prairie,” is for anyone who wants to learn more about early Minnesota.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889