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'Conversations with Jon Hassler' by Joe Plut

Joe Plut, retired professor of English and Humanities, CLC, will discuss his recent book “Conversations with Jon Hassler” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 13 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

Plut met Jon Hassler in 1968 at Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College) where they were both in the English department. Hassler moved on to St. John’s University in 1980, but the correspondence and friendship continued and the two men embarked on the unique idea of having a series of interviews about Jon’s writing. They began in 1997 with Plut organizing nine interviews covering 20 years of Jon Hassler’s writing career. The five years of conversations reveal Hassler’s personal character as well as his wit, wisdom and fertile imagination. Through discussing Hassler’s books from “Staggerford” (1977) to the “The Dean’s List” (1997), the two colleagues revisit themes, characters and plots and at the same time they retrace Hassler’s writing career and literary development over 20 years.

Plut is a native son of Crosby and a beloved professor of many students who learned the craft of writing from him during his 36 years of teaching. He is a storyteller full of insight and mirth. He will engage your mind, speak from the heart and inspire you to read Jon Hassler’s books for the first or the second time.

This discussion is part of Unlimited Learning’s monthly schedule and is free for members and $6 for visitors. For more information about UL programs, contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034 or

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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