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Much Obliged: Author presentation

Recently I came to Brainerd to offer a presentation about my travels to East Africa and read from my book "Life Learned Abroad" about my travels to China.

Recently I came to Brainerd to offer a presentation about my travels to East Africa and read from my book "Life Learned Abroad" about my travels to China.

I arrived at Northland Arboretum around 5:30 p.m. the evening of my event, April 2. By 6:45 p.m., the chairs, refreshments and A/V equipment were all set up in the Upper Conference Room. Now I just needed an audience.

The next 15 minutes saw a modest parade of attendees enter the front door. By 7 p.m., one of my largest crowds (27) had gathered to enjoy photos, video, stories and lessons from a part of the world so different than the one just outside that room.

The session was highly interactive with questions about my experiences and feedback of audience members' own thoughts on the topics therein: religion, education, development and more. As a writer for AreaVoices, the Dispatch website's blogging network, it was a thrill getting to meet readers and present in person the material I've been offering online the last several months.

I want to thank Northland Arboretum for being so accommodating, the Brainerd Dispatch for sponsoring and arranging the event and especially the attendees. I very much look forward to returning to your gorgeous city to share more of my stories and the lessons they teach to the welcoming, inquisitive Brainerd lakes area residents. In the meantime, I'll keep writing for the Dispatch's AreaVoices each Sunday. (One upcoming adventure will be chaperoning a middle school trip to Thailand in May.)

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I ask my readers, presentation attendees and event partners to contact me with any questions or interest in additional information.

Brandon Ferdig

brandon@theperiphery.com

ThePeriphery.AreaVoices.com

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